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Sunday, October 02, 2005

New release 2005-10-02

Usability! Usability! Usability!

In this release I've focused on two usability issues:

  • First is the ability to display both your public and private bookmarks/categories/tags at the same time. This may seem like an innocent change but because Netvouz was originally designed to clearly separate public content from private content it has been quite a fundamental change. This is also the reason why this new release has taken some time. But now it's here, and it's great improvement for all you users who have both public and private bookmarks.

    So now you can easily switch between displaying your public bookmarks, private bookmarks or both at the same time (which is the default). The setting is stored in a cookie so it's remembered until the next time your visit Netvouz.

    And if you e.g. display all your private bookmarks tagged "sports" and you then click the Public link, the search criteria remains so Netvouz then displays all your public bookmarks tagged "sports".

    If you then decide you want to modify the bookmarks displayed you just click the Edit mode link at the top of the page and your bookmarks page is decorated with the edit options making it very easy to update your bookmarks.

    To distinguish between your public and private bookmarks/categories, your public ones are displayed in blue while your private ones are displayed in green.

  • The next usability improvement is type-ahead support for the tags field. When you submit, add or edit a bookmark and you start typing in the tags field you will see a drop-down list of matching tags that you can select from.

    This makes it much much faster to enter your tags and also minimizes the risk of entering tags similar to the ones you already have (e.g. flight, flights).

Let me know if you spot any problems - or have any suggestions!

Because the stylesheet (css) is updated you should refresh your browser's cache (hit F5) when visiting Netvouz. Some users browsers cache the old stylesheet and therefore do not get the correct layout.



Henrik said...

Yes, it may not seem like a big change but it certainly has been. Lots of code changes, database changes and, of course, lots of testing...

Life would be much easier if there were only public bookmarks :-)

Your site looks great, but the HTML code does have some validation errors. Take a look here http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mypitbullterrier.com%2F

I'll soon (?!?) add support so you can post your Netvouz bookmarks on your own homepage or blog, so stay tuned...


Anonymous said...

It works fine for me. Well done Henrik.