A Few Words About Naming FormsAs an applications developer, I sometimes get frustrated when different web application pages/forms don't have names. Or perhaps it is because I have been so involved in user documentation. I need to write a bug or document a feature, but instead of writing something like "the Advanced Color Options" page I have to describe the path to open the form (e.g. "the form you open when you select 'SupercoolApp>Options>Advanced' and click on the 'color' tab"). Saying that name over and over again would really get me down.
My request: if you create a form (more complicated than a simple message box) please give it a name. It will be easier to find info in the help or by doing a web search if you do this, and whoever does your documentation will be thankful for it.
Blogger home pageIn this post I refer to my blogger home page, which is a name I made up for this page because it doesn't officially have one (see what I mean about how much easier it would be if forms had names?). This is the page I end up on when I type:
www.blogger.comwhich is automatically changed to
www.blogger.com/homeand contains a list of all of my blogs and blogs on my reading list. Here is what the top of my blog home page looks like now:
|This is what the top of my blogger home page looks like now.|
Before you ever try to redesign UI, there are some of the most basic things to think about: