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4Oct/100

Even lighter and prettier confirmation

Hi all.

I took advantage of working on a little Fast Confirm bug to enhance a bit the user experience. Facing my little confirm boxes, I told myself: these boxes don't stand out as much as they should. Don't disturb the user is nice, but we want him to answer anyway.

So I decided to use a few CSS3 features to make them a bit prettier, a bit more distinct from the rest of the page. So I added a shadow under the box and gave the buttons some color and depth.
I also wanted to get rid of the images I used to make the little arrows on the boxes. So I used some border techniques to achieve that.

The boxes looked like this before:

And now:

I hope you will have a nice time using it.

21Sep/102

How to ask politely the user

When working on a project, you often have to ask the user for information: choice, confirmation, etc. There are a few ways to achieve this: plain old confirm(), prompt(), or fancy dialog boxes (jQueryUI for example), or "inline" stuff.

After having tested Producteev for a while, I found out that I really like the "inline" way. So I decided to do it this way on my current project. I needed an easy, unobtrusive way of asking the user for confirmation. I didn't want to spend hours developing or debugging it, so I came out with this simple plugin: Fast Confirm. It allows you to ask simply and politely the user, without throwing a modal dialog box  in his face. Also, it clearly identifies the source of the confirmation so that there is no doubt what you're talking about.

As usual, there is a tiny demo page to show you how the plugin behaves on a simple use case. Feel free to try it out, download and play with it!

12May/100

Sliding Panel, a nice way to help your users

Sliding Panel in actionI am really glad to announce I just released my first jQuery plugin. Or at least, my first publicly released jQuery plugin.

The goal was to allow to display help and examples to the visitor in an easy and user-friendly fashion. But as you can imagine, you can display just anything you want, in a nice sliding panel.

I let you discover this plugin here.