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Web Usability– avoid an extra page load with OpenSearch.

Now a days most of the websites, blogs or any applications that are on internet will have a search functionality which is great!!!. Before the Omnibox concept was introduced by google chrome, if we want to search something in google, as a user I need to go to www.google.com and type the search query. After the introduction of Omnibox, user don’t need to open the google website instead you could do the search from the address bar itself. From the usability point of view, it is a great functionality IMHO.

From the point of google search application, they have done it smartly. As a web developer how could you provide the same usability feature to your own website. Some of the website I frequently visits has done like this.

http://www.stackoverflow.com 

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If you are in google chrome, after you type the stackoverflow.com a message will be displayed on the address bar saying that “Press Tab to search Stack Overflow”. If you press tab, you can directly type the search query in the address bar itself and pressing enter will show the results. This basically allows you to do a quick search, instead of going to the website and finding the search box and pressing search button(a long process is it? Smile)

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User experience makes applications stand-out

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What makes your application different from others? I strongly feel the user experience that you provides plays an important role to be successful. Some of us might have felt that(at least myself), you woke up one day with a brand new idea but later you realize that somebody had implemented that an year back. Which is a frustrated feeling, I have been to that situation so many times. So even if that idea exists already, how to make that idea a successful one.

Say if you are going to enter in to a world where there are n number of similar applications, how will you attract the users? A great example may be GMail, IMHO they entered to the party when Yahoo and Microsoft where ruling email market. But now GMail is much popular than other email service providers. One reason I could think of for this success is the experience that you get as a user.

Not sure whether anybody has noted this or not but today when was about to send an email to my friend, I got a message box saying “Did you mean to attach files?

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Yes, GMail reminded me to attach the file. I was surprised to see this, GMail has intelligently scanned what I have typed in the email message and gave me suggestion before sending…. WOW!!!!!. I checked whether Yahoo mail has got this feature, not yet. That makes GMail stand-out from others.

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Save Our Tigers | Join the Roar


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Our national animal is fighting for its life. From around 40,000 at the turn of the last century, there are just 1411 tigers left in India.

If we don’t act now, we could lose this part of our heritage forever.
Speak up, blog, share the concern, stay informed… Every little bit helps.