.Mac fun: interface archeology

by Francois Joseph de Kermadec

Whenever applications are dusted or updated, it is common practice to give their interface a facial lift as well: even when no widgets are fundamentally moved around, buttons are updated, made more colorful, sometimes even unified in an effort to get rid of a chaotic past. Yet, one service escapes that rule: .Mac! Join me for some interface archeology!


2006-02-03 16:48:54
Yeah, the problem is that most "roll your own" web apps are messy in how interface is defined. If Apple updates the look of buttons in the OS, as a developer all I have to do is usually rebuild my application and maybe move some things around. But a web app that uses graphics for buttons actually implements every button as another image reference and possible a clump of javascript. The result is that every page may need to be re-engineered to implement a global change. If the web application is generated by WebObjects or some other back-end and the developers have been very careful it might be almost as easy to change, but my experience is that few websites are in that condition.