periodically refresh a page; update displayed data dynamically.12 votes
I hadn’t recognized this as a pattern before you suggested it, thanks. Now when I identified it I see this pattern in use all the time: Gmail, Twitter search, Google Docs etc. But, is this a UI design pattern, or AJAX/coding pattern instead? Or, is this a pattern at all, or rather just part of other patterns? Those are few things I need to consider before turning this idea into a pattern.
One more thing: I’m going to focus now more on patterns people need when they make early sketches of the UI, and this pattern is a bit out of the scope. But, after I have finished that theme, I’ll consider this pattern again.
Edit: Just found a good screencast example of periodic refresh on Flickr from Designing Web Interfaces: http://flickr.com/photos/designingwebinterfaces/3259238059/
Services like Geni and Tripit have already made sign-up almost invisible. Also single sign-on systems like OpenID are steps towards better.4 votes
Modal(Lightbox/thickbox) displays are great to focus users' attention on to a particular task. There are some places where the user needs to be focussed on a particular portion of a web page without losing the context of the surrounding user interface elements. Inplace modal displays a overlay around the user interface element that needs focus.
Unfortunately, I don't have the application where I am using this idea published yet. But here is a demo of the concept with the jQuery script:18 votes
A language selector is different - as it poses the additional challenge to be displayed in your language versus my language versus all languages available!1 vote
Thanks for the suggestion and screenshots.
How buttons are to be styled, emphasized, and positioned on web1 vote
Draw user's attention by showing a modal window in the middle of the screen and dimming other content.3 votes
Added to my to-do list.
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