Description

“Plain Bookmarks”

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This project is presented by Carlo Enke ● Johannes Lerdon ● Sven Sommerlatte.

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The main focus was to ease the arrangement of bookmarks and an auto-complete-like search through saved bookmarks. In addition to the auto-completion there will be the possibility to rank each page by their relevance to the user.

A bookmark consists of a screenshot of the page, its title, URLuniform resource locator – a human readable web address which is looked up by the →DNS and translated into an →IP Address, favicon, current date and the relevance to the user - rated by the user. The clou is, most data will automatically be added. Last visit, visits and frequency of use will be updated over time.

Prototype

01/19/2011 plain_bookmarks_prototype_2.mov Short demonstration video of how the bookmarks live search is working. (Johannes)

12/15/2010 plain_bookmarks_prototype.mov A video showing the first version of a partly functioning prototype built using HTML[[HTML|Hypertext Markup Language]], CSS[[CSS|Cascading Style Sheets]], Javascript (JQuery), PHP[[PHP|PHP Hypertext Processor]] and MySQL. (Johannes)

Interviews

Result

Respondents...

  • predominantly using the bookmark-toolbar -> most practicable and efficient
  • arrange their bookmarks on-the-fly
  • propose a relevance ranking
  • want a clearly design -> overlay should be visible

Only a few of them use folders and those who do not use bookmarks, close the browser and “Save and Exit”.

Problems

In analysing problems you should concentrate on things that are bad for the users right now and perceived as a problematic thing by them. It is not a problem that users think they have if they don't care about bookmarking. Its a problem of the people who designed the current thing that is not used though. A problem from that area would be that they want save things but are frustrated because they don't know how. But I don't know if the interviews revealed that, so don't write it if you don't have it as result. --JanD 14:48, 3 December 2010 (CET) Respondents...

  • feel ill-informed of other useful plug-ins
  • do not care about "advanced" bookmarking (e.g. tags)

The bookmark-toolbar is width-delimited by the users display and its resolution.

Goals

  • enable a fast access to bookmarks
  • automation of arranging/storing via meta-data
  • focussing on usability
  • sort bookmarks by relevance and the frequency of use
  • no data loss

Non-Goals

  • focussing on graphic fooling
  • complicate bookmarking
  • removal of the bookmark function