Theresa Neil and Bill Scott, authors of the book, Designing Web Interfaces: Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions, made the selections. Each RIA had to pass two sets of criteria.
First, does it abide by Jakob Nielsen’s 10 Usability Principles?
- Visibility of system status
- Match between system and the real world
- User control and freedom
- Consistency and standards
- Error prevention
- Recognition rather than recall
- Flexibility and efficiency of use
- Aesthetic and minimalist design
- Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors
- Help and documentation
Second, was it developed with six basic principles guiding RIA development?
- Make It Direct
- Keep It Lightweight
- Stay on the Page
- Provide an Invitation
- Use Transitions
- React Immediately
With your feedback and suggestions, we continue to keep improving the interface, functionality, usability, and value of of ProtoShare. Stay tuned for some exciting new features coming this fall.