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12 Aug 2004 - 7:57am
adamya ashk

JOB: Contract IA position at Staples

We have an immediate need for an IA to work on browser-based interfaces.

This is a short-term contract position (3-4 weeks) with the
possibility to convert to long-term (~6 months).

The scope of the work will comprise creating process flows based on
understanding gleaned from existing systems, prototypes, requirement
sessions and ongoing ethnographic user research.

11 Aug 2004 - 11:22pm
12 years ago
1 reply
Frank Ramirez

The Future of Information Architecture, A Retreat

any other IxDers coming to this?


The Future of Information Architecture, A Retreat

Where: Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA
When: October 1-3, 2004

This weekend retreat is an opportunity for IAs from around the globe to
come together in an informal and beautiful setting to discuss and share
ideas about the future of Information Architecture. Where are we
heading? What is the career path for an IA?

10 Aug 2004 - 4:50pm
12 years ago
13 replies

Hierarchical gui and multiselection

What would be a reasonable web-based design for the
problem below, that doesn't assume Flash?

(1)Suppose that there is an N-level hierarchical set
of items, and you want the user to navigate through
the hierarchy till there are a set of children items
that the user wants.

(2)At this point, the user would like to multi-select
items at that level.

10 Aug 2004 - 3:28pm
Svoboda, Eric

[Possible Spam] RE: Displaying Status on a Button

Thanks for the screen shot.

The hack was a step forward, but what you've done in essence is to
create a dropdown of sorts by placing the status (Gaussian) next to the
button (which is essentially all a dropdown is in its closed state).

I really like your third idea: pairing a dropdown with a 'settings'
button to open the 'settings' dialog. This is a pretty standard
implementation I think, and should be easily understood.

Another idea: you could reclaim a lot of space by reducing the length of
the numeric fields. They should be just long enough to contain the
maximum allowed value.

10 Aug 2004 - 3:04pm
12 years ago
2 replies
Jon-Eric Steinbomer

RE: Displaying Status on a Button

Eric Svoboda Wrote:

>I have to agree with Jim that a pull-down (or similar element) would be
>standard here. Of course, if you have just 3-4 selections, a radio
>button group would be nice.
>I think you feel uneasy because your current design in non-standard.
>Buttons generally don't show status just as status displays generally
>aren't controls. Elements like the pull-down and radio button group
>offer both status display and control.

10 Aug 2004 - 4:11am
12 years ago
9 replies
Martyn Jones BSc

Displaying Status on a DROP_DOWN

Out of curiosity - is there a convention for what to display as the default
item in a drop-down? For example, should it be some instructional text such
as, "Select from the following..." (however, in HTML I think this would need
to be added as an item in the drop-down list, although it wouldn't has any
associated navigation functionality). Alternatively, should it display the
most recently selected option? Does it implementation depend more on it's
purpose (i.e.

9 Aug 2004 - 3:25pm
IxDG Public Rel...

Interaction Design Group Launches Web Site

Interaction Design Group Launches Web Site

For Immediate Release

August 9, 2004 ::: The Interaction Design Group (IxDG) today launched its
Web site at, to serve the needs of the international community
of practitioners, teachers, and students of interaction design.

The Interaction Design Group Web site will provide resources for both people
and organizations who want to learn more about and advance the practice of
interaction design.

9 Aug 2004 - 1:39pm
12 years ago
3 replies
Jon-Eric Steinbomer

Displaying Status on a Button

A developer colleague and I have been discussing at length what I
consider to be a less than ideal interaction.It’s regarding the display
of status information on a button and I’m looking for some input on what
exactly is wrong with the paradigm (or if I’m wrong for thinking it to
be flawed).

Some background on the design: within a properties dialogue we present a
text entry field containing a numerical value drawn from a normal
distribution. To the right of the text field is a graphical button
displaying a normal distribution curve.

6 Aug 2004 - 7:45am
Dave Malouf

ADMIN: filtering certain attachment types

Hi everyone,

With the great help of Michael Bartlett I've configured both the Discuss@
and Workgroup@ lists so that only a specific type of attachments can get
through. If an attachment doesn't match a specific mime type it will not be
allowed onto the list.

image, office apps, pdf, flash are still allowed through.

PIF, ZIP, and EXE are NOT allowed through (e.g.)

For the most part people shouldn't be sending attachments at all through
this list of any type ... but there might be cases where it is necessary and
I don't want to eliminate it at all.

5 Aug 2004 - 12:56am
H Taylor

Re: Users and Groups UI

Well, if you're looking for precedents with user and groups GUI's, why
don't you start with server OS's? Look at Win NT/2000 (/XP?) Server,
Apple's older ASIP Server, OS X Server... I'm not personally aware of
any *NIX system that uses a GUI for users and groups (but that doesn't
mean there isn't one). Also, I think some of the "network appliance"
servers have a web-based GUI for U&G admin.

As to where you might get access, it shouldn't be too hard to find
someone using Windows servers wherever you are.

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