First Look: Yahoo Mail Beta

I just tried out Yahoo Mail‘s new interface. It’s chock-full of AJAX components and functionality: It tries to emulate the traditional desktop application, particularly an email client in the mold of Outlook or Mozilla Tunderbird.

Here are some features I got to use:

  • Keyboard short-cuts/functionality
  • Dynamic frame/window resizing
  • Item selection similar to a desk-top application

I’m sure there are more functions left to be discovered and dy only beef is the big advert a the right side of the interface.

Thus far, Yahoo Mail and its competitor, Google’s Gmail, are the some of the few web applications that are showing the way in terms of providing a fluid web experience. (Although from a visual design perspective, Yahoo Mail gets the nod.)

Web Standards and AJAX

AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) has been generating a lot of buzz in the web development community since it has been dubbed as such by the folks from Adaptive Path and O’reilly Media.

With the promise that AJAX has shown, I wonder how web standards fit into the picture. It turns out that Jesse James Garrett wrote in his online essay that web standards are actually key components of the AJAX technology. Predictably, web standards define the presentation layer of the AJAX approach.

The core technologies behind AJAX has been around for a while and it is just a matter of how developers and designers wield this emerging tool. Good thing web standards are there to help.

From Zero To Techno

I’d like to take this chance to go off-topic and announce that I have released my venture into electronic music, From Zero To Techno on the web.

Feel free to send your thoughts regarding the song, comments and critiques. 🙂

Update:
I’ve just applied my song to have a Creative Commons license!


Creative Commons nc-sampling+

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons NonCommercial Sampling Plus 1.0 License.

From Zero to Techno
2005
Electronica

Regnard Kreisler C. Raquedan

Regnard Kreisler C. Raquedan

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Certified Web Standards Developer?

Think about it.

Should there be a body that certifies web developers/designers on their knowledge of web standards? (A la Microsoft, Sun, etc.) I think that would be a great idea. A test of this sort would help the awareness of the public of the existense of web standards.

It would also give developers/designers some sort of incentive for improving their skills.

The only snag? Web standards itself is still in a precarious situation where there are still loopholes (quirks mode anyone?) in the standard.

But I think the whole certification thing is a good idea. Paging W3c…