Raising the bar on web UIsPosted: December 19, 2004
Just had a chance to mess around a bit with Google Suggest. Very nifty. Coinsidently, yesterday I was just poking around Apple’s website to learn a bit more about Spotlight. There’s a quick demo here but to get a better look, I checked out Jobs’s preso at the Apple Developers Conference back in June. Being an active iTunes user, seeing the “results-as-you-type” moved out to system wide search seems like a no brainer. I thought, “wouldn’t it be nifty in the web world?” Damn, this Internet time is tough to keep up with sometimes. 😉
Joel on Software offered a nice takeaway on the recent developments:
The latency of web UIs, in which everything you do is a slow round-trip that requires completely refetching and rebuilding the web page, is one of the reason web UIs feel so clunky compared to native GUIs. Google is very publicly raising the bar on the quality of interfaces that people will expect from web pages.