[uf-discuss] geo in Firefox 3 (as: Microformats gets
strong showing in Firefox 3 UI)
mejllistor at kodfabrik.se
Thu Jun 14 23:56:31 PDT 2007
Alex Faaborg skrev:
>>> The problem with geo is that it is horrible to show in a UI
> Mike: I think we should still try to support geo. Exposing the user
> to geographic coordinates isn't ideal, but I think that it is
> considerably better than hiding the action entirely.
> I've been talking to Mike Beltzner (UX lead at Mozilla) about
> microformats UI over the last week, and we are now considering a UI
> similar to the one Pelle proposed
> (http://pelle.vox.nu/koncept/locationBarMenu_pelle_small.jpg), in
> addition to the mouse cursor change.
One could perhaps have map-thumbnails describing the position of a geo
briefly? Enabling the user to se if the position is in the USA or in
Asia and perhaps in which state without the need of clicking through to
an external map service. Perhaps even a thumbnail could be viewed in
connection to the notification of the microformat?
> We are also thinking about using the cursor change for other types of
> content handling, like links with specific protocols (mailto:,
> webcal:, etc.) and files that will either download or launch a
> particular application. So this UI is not specific to microformats,
> but content handling in general.
It could also be done for different file extensons, at least those
connected to plug-ins,
like the extension Link Alert,
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3199, does today.
There's quite some people who are annoyed when Adobe Reader starts up
when they thought they opened a website...
The difficulty with this could be when the webpage changes to much - if
to prevent spambots for example. If the user expects a different cursor
then perhaps he/she will be confused. Then again - one could have a
applies to microformats - if they are moved, hidden or replaced with
contactinfo in an image might not trigger an icon although I have a
hidden microformat for it...
Perhaps the solution should be a new microformat which can be used to
connect my image with contactinfo to my elements with a hCard? Perhaps
such a microformat could also be used to describe what a link that
trick people into believing that they're clicking something else than
they actyally are - but that's the same case as if the cursor triggers
on a link with a mailto: and an onclick-event.
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