Implementing Ubiquitous Drag and Drop in a Rich Internet Application: User Experience and Technical Challenges
Robb Beal, User Creations, LLC
Lowell Scheider, Schema Research Corporation
Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
Location: Stevens Creek
Drag-and-drop is a hallmark user experience feature of Macintosh. Spring, an innovative, web-inspired desktop, has ubiquitous support for drag-and-drop, including but not limited to:
- Images from browsers or other apps
- Local image files
- Hyperlinked images
- Arbitrary URLs from browsers or other apps
- RSS Feeds (via NNW)
- Amazon Products, Epicurious Recipes, Movies, PriceGrabber Products (via Watson)
- Plain Text
- Styled Text
- Spring Objects
- Spring Objects (Export Format)
- Spring Object Data Files
Rich Internet Applications on Macintosh face additional drag-and-drop challenges because they need to acquire additional context before accepting or dealing with dropped items.
Beal's session features a selection of the user experience and technical design issues he faced and solved in creating Spring's ubiquitous drag-and-drop experience.
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