The web is incredible. I love the web. In so many ways it has improved the lives of millions by transforming society, education, culture, community, and commerce. But the most amazing thing about the web is simple yet devastatingly powerful, and the whole reason the web exists in the first place….
The Persuasive Tech Lab did early research on the factors that affect the credibility of websites. Since our investigations in the 1990s, we’ve found that online credibility has morphed. With the rise of Web 2.0 services, the focus of credibility evaluations extend beyond the page to the people represented. In other words, Credibility 2.0 has become more like reputation, or perceived reputation.
The researchers compiled 10 guidelines for building the credibility of a web site. These guidelines are based on three years of research that included over 4,500 people. It is still a popular resource today.
While the project is now archived, it’s interesting to think about how this might have evolved since the list was first released 10 years ago — especially with the advent of social media. Although…they should probably fix a couple of the links on their page, even though its archived.
It’s not every day you get to design a big ass new editorial site from scratch. This is a look into the design process for Polygon, the second of two huge projects tackled by Vox Product in 2012. Be warned: this is a deep look at our process and our work. Grab a beer or three, and join me for a…
This is an excellent and detailed look into the redesign effort that went into Polygon.com, a gaming journalism outfit. Take a look!
While doing some research on browser context menu events and manipulation, I found out that you can add items to the menu in Firefox. (FYI: the context menu is typically activated by right-clicking on the page). This is great, because developers don’t have to override the default context menu to add actions specific to their site or application.
Some peeps (like on the github repository for Bootstrap) have commented about how the Bootstrap carousel doesn’t provide a nice sliding animation fallback for our poor, poor IE users. Well, I ended up making one that worked reasonably well for IE! The commented code one I’ve posted in the gist below is a modified version of what I had originally created.
I personally would argue against modifying the Bootstrap code to allow for a sliding animation in IE, because it seems to go against the ‘ethos’ of progressive enhancement. Should we force all users to download specific code that only works for a (small) subset of users? Or maybe the carousel should just be using jQuery to animate the slides in the first place?
A while ago, I read about an analogy that compared the differences in browsers/platorms to TVs (might have been 37Signals?). Would you make a film that could only look pretty good on a small, black and white television because there are still a few people out there using the antiquated technology, or would you rather make some 1080p masterpiece, knowing that the b/w TV users would have to suffer the minor inconvenience of a clipped visual and lower resolution?
Unfortunately, sometimes client requirements prevail.
Anyway, I think there’s definitely room for improvement in this code (such as auto-calculating the width of each slide), but it’s a decent start that I’m hoping might help anyone else out there who has invested in the Boostrap carousel and absolutely NEEDS a sliding animation for IE.