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17 Nov 2003 - 12:07pm
Bennett, Louise

To hide or not to hide - resolution

Hi everyone

Thanks for all of the notes and suggestions. Its great to be able to put these questions out there and get such thoughtful responses! I thought I'd let you know the outcome of this one.

We're at the stage now where final decisions are being made on how to proceed with this, and we're going to go with a fairly informative and interactive approach. We'll have information about the advanced product available via splash screens during the standard installation process, and we'll have a link to upgrade information and purchase procedure (via a HTML page) under the help menu.

14 Nov 2003 - 3:30pm
Josh Seiden

How to save accessibility from itself

A call to action that might interest some of you.


Joshua Seiden

josh at

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13 Nov 2003 - 7:48pm
10 years ago
2 replies
Josh Seiden

The Long Now seminar series

This organization is doing some profound and profoundly
moving thinking about time, civilization, technology,
and our shared future.

There are perhaps interaction design challenges here,
but I thought many on this list would be interested in
this in a more general sense. (And, since I just posted
a Boston-based event, this one is for the westies out

You have perhaps heard of the 10,000 year clock
project, an attempt to build a clock that will run for
10,000 years.

In some ways, the problem is a classic design and
engineering problem.

13 Nov 2003 - 6:01pm
Josh Seiden

FW: [usability-pr] Boston PR Event

Thought you all might be interested in this post from
another list...

Usability-pr is a low traffic list with some goals that
overlap with those of this list.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Brown [mailto:tony at]
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 2:34 PM
To: usability-pr at
Subject: [usability-pr] Boston PR Event

Hi All,

Hope your human factors and usabi

13 Nov 2003 - 4:55pm
Dave Malouf

RIA e-mail list (was RE: task flow pattern question)

<self promotion>
I run a small and currently not to active list dedicated to RIAs (rich
internet applications; ala macromedia).
Based on the examples mentioned below and the iHotelier stuff people spoke
about before, I would like to encourage people who are particularly
interested in the RIA stuff to join my list and talk about it there from not
only the ID perspectives, but the other elements that surround RIAs.

You can go to to learn more.

Say Hi when you subscribe.

13 Nov 2003 - 4:41pm
10 years ago
2 replies
Christian Simon

RE: Survey result interpretation

Reading some of these discussions I am so excited, I feel like starting my
own group at my local ACM chapter. I've enjoyed reading these discussions
and I participate when I feel that I can contribute. If you haven't read
much from me its just because I have not had much to say, but I appreciate
every post.

The posting regarding the Flash one screen hotel reservation deign was
particularly interesting to me. I've been researching for examples of simple
interaction schemes and this provides me with additional examples that are
difficult to find.

13 Nov 2003 - 12:47pm
10 years ago
6 replies
Bennett, Louise

To hide or not to hide

Here's a question I'm facing re an upcoming product release - I've picked a way to go but am hoping you guys (and girls) can validate it for me.

We have built a product that is going to be offered in 2 flavours - Standard (very limited features, but enough to satisfy simple use cases), and Advanced (lots of features satisfying very complex use cases).

PM believe that maybe 20% of the users who download the Standard product from the web site will ultimately migrate to the Advanced version (this % hasn't been based on any real user studies; its pretty much just their best guess).

13 Nov 2003 - 6:44am
10 years ago
3 replies
Alex Bainbridge

Patterns / best practice guidelines

Hi all

I wonder if the list has any views as to the difference between a pattern
and a best practice guideline.

Nielsen creates guidelines, I create guidelines (some would say, and they
are very specific for the travel industry) while others create patterns?

Jenifer wrote:

>(1) more patterns in general, covering more of the design space,
>(2) more low-level patterns, which would address smaller-scale
design problems?

Is a pattern a generic top level design solution / concept whereas a
guideline is the application of a pattern to a specific situation?

13 Nov 2003 - 3:09am
Jonas Löwgren

More on survey result interpretation

I agree with Nick Ragouzis' 1-2-3 analysis and what I meant by quoting
the numbers from the survey was exactly that: 39% in favor of starting a
new org, the rest not explicitly in favor of starting a new org. In a
situation like this, a 'don't care' answer has to be counted as a 'not
convinced of the benefits of starting a new org, otherwise I would have
checked that one.'

It is also interesting to think about the topical threads that are
starting to develop on this list (subscribers posting problems from
current practice to acquire input from peers).

12 Nov 2003 - 8:54pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Josh Seiden

"focus not on membership"


In a variety of posts recently, you've said something
like this:

"AIFIA has made certain to focus not on membership but
on furthering information architecture."

Could you explain a little bit what you mean by this,
and what you think are the implications?


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