Web Application Design Handbook

Web Application Design Handbook

Best Practices for Web-Based Software

1st Edition - June 23, 2004

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  • Authors: Susan Fowler, Victor Stanwick
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080481708
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781558607521

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The standards for usability and interaction design for Web sites and software are well known. While not everyone uses those standards, or uses them correctly, there is a large body of knowledge, best practice, and proven results in those fields, and a good education system for teaching professionals "how to." For the newer field of Web application design, however, designers are forced to reuse the old rules on a new platform. This book provides a roadmap that will allow readers to put complete working applications on the Web, display the results of a process that is running elsewhere, and update a database on a remote server using an Internet rather than a network connection. Web Application Design Handbook describes the essential widgets and development tools that will the lead to the right design solutions for your Web application. Written by designers who have made significant contributions to Web-based application design, it delivers a thorough treatment of the subject for many different kinds of applications, and provides quick reference for designers looking for some fast design solutions and opportunities to enhance the Web application experience. This book adds flavor to the standard Web design genre by juxtaposing Web design with programming for the Web and covers design solutions and concepts, such as intelligent generalization, to help software teams successfully switch from one interface to another.

Key Features

* The first interaction design book that focuses exclusively on Web applications.
* Full-color figures throughout the book.
* Serves as a "cheat sheet" or "fake book" for designers: a handy reference for standards, rules of thumb, and tricks of the trade.
* Applicable to new Web-based applications and for porting existing desktop applications to Web browsers.


Interaction Designers working on new web-based applications or porting existing applications to the internet.

Table of Contents

  • Contents
    Chapter 1: What is a Web Application?
    Chapter 2: The Browser Framework
    Chapter 3: Data Input
    Chapter 4: Data Retrieval: Search
    Chapter 5: Data Retrieval: Filtering and Browsing
    Chapter 6: Data Output: Reports
    Chapter 7: Data Output: Printed Forms
    Chapter 8: Interacting with Output
    Chapter 9: Designing Graphs And Charts
    Chapter 10: Graph Types Based on Use
    Chapter 11: Designing Diagrams
    Chapter 12: Diagram Types
    Chapter 13: Designing Geographic Maps
    Chapter 14: Interacting with Geographic Maps
    Chapter 15: Types of Maps
    Appendix A: Web Application Design Worksheets
    Appendix B: Quality Testing
    Appendix C: Usability Testing
    Appendix D: Design Checklists
    For Further Reading

Product details

  • No. of pages: 688
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2004
  • Published: June 23, 2004
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080481708
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781558607521

About the Authors

Susan Fowler

Affiliations and Expertise

Fast Consulting, Staten Island, NY, U.S.A.

Victor Stanwick

Affiliations and Expertise

Fast Consulting, Staten Island, NY, U.S.A.

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