All posts from
May 2004

Apple Software Design Guidelines

“These guidelines are intended to help guide you through the obstacles that confront Mac OS X developers. They cover different aspects of the design process and offers tips on how you can use Mac OS X features effectively in your design.” (Apple Developer) – courtesy of vanderwal

Be a web editor, not administrator

“There are two roles in web content management that matter: editors and writers. Editors decide what should get published. Writers create the content. Most websites started off with administrators—webmasters—who had lots of responsibility and little authority. Today, we see the emergence of the web editor, a position that will become increasingly important.” (Gerry McGovern)

The Next Big Thing: Adaptive Web-Based Systems

“The paper defends the position that personalization, and in particular automatic personalization or adaptation, is the key to reach the goal of offering each individual user (or user group) the information they need.” (Paul De Bra et al. – Journal of Digital Information 5.1)

Writing the Web

“The main thesis of this paper is that it is desirable to make the creation of Web content an integral and natural part of the daily chores of an intellectual worker, integrated with the normal production and management of data and information, making the Web not just a publishing medium but fundamentally a collector and organizer of personal data and documents.” (Angelo di Iorio and Fabio Vitali – Journal of Digital Information 5.1)

Experience-Enabling Design: An approach to elearning design

“This paper draws inspiration from diverse media to understand what constitutes experience. In doing so, it seeks directions for building experience into design of elearning products.” (L. Ravi Krishnan and Venkatesh Rajamanickam – elearningpost)

Information Design Journal + Document Design

General Editors: Jan Renkema, Wilbert Spooren, Paul Stiff and Sue Walker (University of Tilburg, NL / Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, NL / University of Reading, UK) – “Please note that as of 2004 volume 12, the Information Design Journal has joined forces with Document Design.” (John Benjamins Publishing Company)

Doceo + mentum – a ground for a new discipline

“The aim of Documentation is rapidly and easily to provide all researchers, whatever their level of knowledge or culture, both with the materials of study which represent the totality of human experience and with detailed information on particular points. In scientific, technical, historical, social and industrial matters, it is the systematically organised intermediary between the public and documents, between those who read and those who write. It provides recorded information, that is, the distribution of information by the book, periodical, newspaper, and photographic image.” (Niels Windfeld Lund – DOCAM’03 Conference)

Syntactic Knowledge and Visual Knowledge

“The traditional way of interacting with a computer needed what Ben Shneiderman calls ‘syntactic’ knowledge. The graphical user interface has substituted syntactic for visual knowledge. Each one has its own advantages and drawbacks.” (Juan C. Dürsteler – Inf@Vis!)

Trumping Google? Metasearching’s Promise

“Metasearch promises to give patrons one-stop access to the many and various resources at the heart of the library digital collection.” (Judy Luther – Library Journal) – courtesy of urlgreyhot


“(…) an experimental research program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab focused on developing technologies for design – designs that are simpler to understand, easier to use, and, ultimately, more enjoyable.” (John Maeda)

Microsoft User-Centered Design Principles

“An important principle of user interface design is that the user should always feel in control of the software rather than feeling controlled by the software.” (MSDN) – courtesy of column two

Ted Nelson

“After taking a computer course at Harvard in 1960, Ted Nelson began a mystical journey. He started exploring the possibility of liberating text from paper, of developing a means whereby writers could harness text in a manner closer to human cognitive patterns: i.e., the way words flowed through our minds. In 1965 Nelson coined the term hypertext. Ultimately, in his brilliant 1974 book, ‘Computer Lib/Dream Machines’, he laid down the foundation for a communications theory transcending text. Hypertext became hypermedia. Imagery and sound played roles equal to text. Nelson realized that personal computers with multimedia capabilities must burst the boundaries of artistically rendering internal reflection.” (Peter Schmideg)

Content management: design for rule, not exception

“If your website tries to be all things to all people, it will fail. It’s very easy on the Web to try to do too much. You need to relentlessly focus on what most of your readers do most of the time. Don’t let anything else get in the way.” (Gerry McGovern)

Thirty Years With Computers

The rule on staying alive as a forcaster is to give ’em a number or give ’em a date, but never give ’em both at once. — Jane Bryant Quinn Poker Party

The Truth About Federated Searching

“Federated searching is a hot topic that seems to be gaining traction in libraries everywhere. As with many technologies that are rapidly adopted,there are some misconceptions about what it can do.” (Information Today)