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Make your menus understand people's angle of intent

I read years ago how Apple at the time had a much more intuitive interface because of things like interpreting anything in the direction of a submenu as headed there, rather than immediately moving focus to whatever happened to be under one's cursor (and also how putting menus at the very edge of the screen gave them infinite depth). Always was on the lookout for people applying this to the web as best practice and finally here's an article and a JQuery plugin:

Ubuntu Usability

  • The mouse should not disappear off the screen, ever. Makes it very hard to orient by zipping it to one corner, because it disappears. This is literally covered in usability 101 - buttons on the sides of a screen can get infinite size for free. (Note: current problems here may be the result of the dual monitor setup. #firstworldproblems)
  • Unity's start menu thing opens to cartoonishly big icons and font, but the default size for the rather important x (close) and expand buttons on the menu bar are miniscule.

Available role: A module for Drupal to allow users to choose which roles permitted to them they currently use

When developing a site it is well known you need to log in as different users to properly test functionality, or you will always be surprised by incorrectly-configured permissions.

However, it should be much easier to test out working as a given user role by anyone with these privileges.

Media module does not allow the filling out of extra fields when adding or uploading media

Oh, Media module. The adding a text field such as for caption or credit works, the field is attached, but you need to go to admin/content/media and edit an uploaded file to add any information there.

How to add new contextual links

We may want to do this for a present project, and in any case i wanted to flag one of the coolest things in Drupal 7,
Adding new contextual links:

See also

Drupal (Site Builder) Usability module

the Drupal usability module, Book module edition:

move Book module's Add child page link to the action links location.

make an Add book action item (or items if multiple content types are enabled) to the book listing page at admin/content/book

Content Gallery

actually, you'd want to see an example of one entity of each entity type per build mode! All conveniently linking to the respective manage displays page.


Better Image Insert Workflow

A truly slick configuration of Insert and Image Resize Filter would disable insert if the img tag is not available for the selected text format.

Interaction Design Encyclopedia

Very, very cool (even if they dis Wikipedia).

via Dani Nordin

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