Archive for May, 2010

jQuery plugin: tagEditor

This month I’ve been working on an existing jQuery plugin called tagEditor. It is a plugin that turns an ordinary text input field into a dynamic tag tokenizer. The idea is that it can be used as a tag input or edit form control. It interacts a lot like the tag editor used here in WordPress or other popular tools that use tags. Tags are separated by a separator (most commonly an enter or ,) and then transformed into a list where the tag can be removed by clicking on it. It is usable together with an auto-complete (the jQuery UI auto-complete works well) to create the perfect user experience.

Together with the plugin’s original creator Karl-Johan Sjögren version 1.4 has been developed and released. More details can be found on the jQuery plugin page and on the demo page by Karl-Johan.

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In Europe the fight for software patents have always been kept at bay. This week though in Germany one of the European strongholds broke down. A German court declared patents on software legal! Although my country does not deal in this kind of behavior yet it seems to be going that way…

This new found legality of software patents gives an open invitation to everyone who wanted to patent the way basic programming stuff to basic interaction practices. HTC and Apple had a recent clash that was based on those kinds of ideas.

Why do we fight this kind of patenting? Why is it so bad? Or is it!?

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Web-forms: a first look

Getting users to fill in a field to give you their information is hard. Even when it is to do something the user would like to have it always seems to be a break-off point in the process. A user want to respond to a blog post but he needs to fill in a name and an email. It is more likely that the user will leave the form and not comment at all then fill in the form. Things like external account integration (facebook login), asynchronous  forms (javascript and ajax) and natural forms are a way to solve this. Web-forms are as much a science as they are an art. Nuances can make or break a good web-form so let’s give the science of web-forms a better look!

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