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persistent.info [Mar. 16th, 2006|06:48 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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We're adding a persistent search feature to our product, and today at work I was trying to figure out what we might want to call it. Apple uses the term Smart Folders, which is okay, but I'm having a hard time saying it with a straight face. Search Folders is too Outlook-y. I'm leaning toward Saved Searches, but I also don't like not having Folders in the name, since the point is supposed to be that you can treat the grouping as you would a normal, static folder. Is Saved Search Folders too long?

Anyway, I found persistent.info while Googling around for ideas, and, okay, three things of note. First, he did a really neat thing with the logo; I especially dig how the dot can go either way. Eh? Eh? Second: he did a really neat thing with the logo. See how it's always centered, yet it lines up with the grid background regardless of the viewport width? That's some clever scripting right there.

Third, it's the only non-LJ site I've ever seen to implement OpenID! Cool. Unfortunately, it signs me as "rockstarling.livejournal.com" and without a link. Come on, OpenID. If LiveJournal knows my name, you should too.

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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2006-03-17 03:30 am (UTC)
he did a really neat thing with the logo. See how it's always centered, yet it lines up with the grid background regardless of the viewport width?

You might say that it's persistent.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-03-17 03:46 am (UTC)
She'll be here all week.
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From: rmfleming
2006-03-17 03:38 am (UTC)
I was all like, what thing? then I read more, and now I can't stop resizing. neaat.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-03-17 03:45 am (UTC)
I know! And I love centered shit, too.
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[User Picture]From: pixelherder
2006-03-17 04:41 am (UTC)
Dynamic Folders?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-03-17 05:28 am (UTC)
We've actually been throwing that around too, but I think it might be too technical for most folks.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-03-17 05:27 am (UTC)
Well, there are already other, static folders, and those are just as much "saved" as these will be.

I think the folder metaphor has been stretched beyond the breaking point already.

Yeah; it's kinda like Yahoo adding the shelf back. But I don't think we're going to be getting away from it any time real soon, do you?

Possibly related: A while back, Matt wrote, "It’s clear that Apple is moving toward turning the filesystem into a database." I don't know enough to say whether that's a good or bad thing, but I think it'll be interesting to see how it shakes out.
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[User Picture]From: idealisms
2006-03-17 06:27 am (UTC)
Mihai's an awesome javascript hacker.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-03-17 07:17 am (UTC)
Do you guys work together?
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[User Picture]From: idealisms
2006-03-17 08:43 am (UTC)
Nope, he works on reader.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-02 01:04 pm (UTC)

Yahoo UI

The yahoo UI set has a bunch of grid functions that help with such things:

http://com2.devnet.scd.yahoo.com/yui/dragdrop/examples/grid.html?mode=dist

http://com2.devnet.scd.yahoo.com/yui/#utilities

Check out 'DOM' for a lot of the grid methods.

Newbie at this whole web scripting thing. Why I remember when.... ok, let's not go there. ;~)

-- Planetbob99
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-16 04:23 am (UTC)

Re: Yahoo UI

Thanks! I keep meaning to dig into that Yahoo UI library.

Grid layout capability is one place where CSS falls short.
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