You’ll learn to…
- Improve your current use of Ajax to improve user experience
- Recognize when and where to put Ajax in to play, and best practices for doing so
- Understand why you shouldn’t just put Ajax everywhere in your design
Incorporating Ajax into your design can dramatically impact a user’s experience on your site. You can improve flow, reduce errors, and improve satisfaction. You can also ruin your site’s experience just as easily, causing more harm than good. As with any powerful tool, Ajax needs to be wielded with care.
Do you know where and when to use Ajax? Today’s best designers are well versed in Ajax's technical fundamentals, best practices, and design implications. They know what the tool can do well and what’s hard to implement. Even those equipped with talented developer resources tell us they are most effective when they can design directly into Ajax’s strengths and avoid its weaknesses. So if you’re in that crowd, or intend to be, this seminar is for you.
One of the most valuable things to know about Ajax is what it is and is not suited for. It’s important to know the pitfalls you'll need to avoid:
- Imitating an interface in Ajax is much more complex than you expect
- Keyboard support can be poor
- Using Ajax for everything
Using Ajax because everyone’s using Ajax
In this seminar for those familiar with Ajax, Derek Featherstone will show you how to get the most out of it. He’ll use great examples from Mint.com, GMail, and Basecamp, just to name a few. You’ll maximize your implementation, and not waste the benefits by tucking it everywhere. You’ll leave able to spot opportunities to implement Ajax in a successful manner—using easy-to-spot design patterns and implementation guidelines.
This is the perfect seminar for those designers looking to optimize their Ajax implementations for the best experiences.
Improve your current use of Ajax to improve user experience
Recognize when and where to put Ajax in to play, and best practices for doing so
Understand why you shouldn’t just put Ajax everywhere in your design
We’ve known Derek Featherstone for some time. His knowledge with Ajax and accessibility makes him a popular speaker at conferences.
He’s an internationally-known speaker and authority on accessibility and web development. He’s a top-rated speaker at UIE’s live events, most recently the 2009 Web App Summit and in last year’s Virtual Seminar, Ajax: Tips, Tricks, & Avoiding the Pitfalls. Derek is the founder of Further Ahead, a leading firm that delivers insightful and creative accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, government agencies and other private sector clients.
You can see his latest thinking on Ajax, accessibility, and all sorts of other good stuff at Box of Chocolates.
Oh, and if you think Derek is attached to his keyboard, you’re incorrect. He regularly trains for and competes in triathlons.