I was cruising through my feeds this morning and came across a post by Warren Henning who thinks that all Rich Internet Application technologies suck. Specifically he seems to have beef with the usability. Now, I think his statement paints RIAs with a bit too broad a brush, but if you look at his mailing list conversation, he has some legitimate usability concerns…..if you believe the browser is “usable” to begin with.
Now I’m not saying that we have to win over people like Warren, in the end he seems like he’s pretty stuck in his ways. But there will continue to be debate in a lot of areas about why it’s bad to break outside of the browser and how that goes against usability guidelines as we know them. But a well designed RIA can be MUCH more usable than the typical browser application, so instead of focusing on making RIAs behave like browser-based applications, we need to focus on design and making our apps more usable and more accessible. Niqui Merret is giving a talk, Accessibility Out of the Browser, at Dx3 that I think everyone should attend. I see this being a hot topic this year as more and more apps move to a richer platform and eschew antiquated browser constraints.
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