09 January 2005

IE Mouse-over to show the visual depiction of the stacked webpage-links

Browser, Internet Explorer

Notice how the IE webpages stack-up in a single icon on your tool bar. That’s pretty nifty. It saves space.

Nice thing about it you can click on the single button and all the webpages get listed in order. They’re even numbered. Brilliant.

There’s one tiny problem. Ever have multiple links to the same page or website, and the URL is the same, but what you’re looking at is different?

In short, the way the webpages are listed in the single-list may have the same terms, yet the pages have different content.

At worst, you’ve got multiple versions of the same document, and are trying to edit with one window; search with another; and then do a draft summary on a third. You know, work with blogger in IE.

In other words, its all well and good to have a long laundry list of websites neatly stacked, ordered, numbered. The problem is when the names are similar, and the end-user has to re-open each page to check “is this the one.”

So, things can get kind of mixed up; and the end-user ends up having to open the pages that IE supposedly “solved” by stacking all the webpages into a single button.

Solution

The other day I thought there might be a solution to this. Rather than simply list the individual webpage-names [that may have the same text when you’re working in blogger], what if IE allowed you to have a “quick view” of the web page you’re looking at?

In other words, when the end-user goes to the single IE-button [and then clicks on the button, and up pops all X-dozen websites with just similar names], why not have a feature that allows the end-user with a mouse-over function to have a quick-java-view of the web page.

That way we’d know whether the similarly-named page is a draft, the edit page, or the one that is in compose and review mode.

Example

If you want an example of “what this might look like” go to a simple program that allows people to look at the front pages of major newspapers.

Notice that there is a series of pages listed, they’re small, and when you go to the mouse-over option the page gets bigger.

This is what I’m talking about with IE. Rather than have the text there and require the end-user to keep track in their head what each page looks like or what is happening on that particular page, it would be nice to be able to do a mouse-over to actually view a quick image of the listed-page, and then we’d know “whether this is what we really want to open up.”

Benefits

That way, this would do the following:

Condensed: Maintain the condensed feature in IE, thereby all the webpages are still combined into a single button;

Differentiated: Similarly-labeled-named webpages could be quickly differentiated without re-opening the entire screen; and

Task expeditor: Can more quickly jump back and forth between various stages of a blog-development, [jumping back between compose, draft, review, and search] without having to remember which of the similarly-named web pages each of the IE numbers correspond to.
Browser, Internet Explorer

Notice how the IE webpages stack-up in a single icon on your tool bar. That’s pretty nifty. It saves space.

Nice thing about it you can click on the single button and all the webpages get listed in order. They’re even numbered. Brilliant.

There’s one tiny problem. Ever have multiple links to the same page or website, and the URL is the same, but what you’re looking at is different?

In short, the way the webpages are listed in the single-list may have the same terms, yet the pages have different content.

At worst, you’ve got multiple versions of the same document, and are trying to edit with one window; search with another; and then do a draft summary on a third. You know, work with blogger in IE.

In other words, its all well and good to have a long laundry list of websites neatly stacked, ordered, numbered. The problem is when the names are similar, and the end-user has to re-open each page to check “is this the one.”

So, things can get kind of mixed up; and the end-user ends up having to open the pages that IE supposedly “solved” by stacking all the webpages into a single button.

Solution

The other day I thought there might be a solution to this. Rather than simply list the individual webpage-names [that may have the same text when you’re working in blogger], what if IE allowed you to have a “quick view” of the web page you’re looking at?

In other words, when the end-user goes to the single IE-button [and then clicks on the button, and up pops all X-dozen websites with just similar names], why not have a feature that allows the end-user with a mouse-over function to have a quick-java-view of the web page.

That way we’d know whether the similarly-named page is a draft, the edit page, or the one that is in compose and review mode.

Example

If you want an example of “what this might look like” go to a simple program that allows people to look at the front pages of major newspapers.

Notice that there is a series of pages listed, they’re small, and when you go to the mouse-over option the page gets bigger.

This is what I’m talking about with IE. Rather than have the text there and require the end-user to keep track in their head what each page looks like or what is happening on that particular page, it would be nice to be able to do a mouse-over to actually view a quick image of the listed-page, and then we’d know “whether this is what we really want to open up.”

Benefits

That way, this would do the following:

Condensed: Maintain the condensed feature in IE, thereby all the webpages are still combined into a single button;

Differentiated: Similarly-labeled-named webpages could be quickly differentiated without re-opening the entire screen; and

Task expeditor: Can more quickly jump back and forth between various stages of a blog-development, [jumping back between compose, draft, review, and search] without having to remember which of the similarly-named web pages each of the IE numbers correspond to.
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