Sorting HTML Tables

En excellent little piece of javascript courtesy of Stuart Langridge that enables users to sort the data in an HTML table by clicking on the headers. No reloading of pages or anything – it all happens straight away.

Easy to implement, unobtrusive… Very nice.

PageRank Plugin for Firefox

Quirk have released an extention for Firefox that shows you the Google PageRank of every page you visit.

“Big deal,” you might say, “I’ve already got one!”

So did I, but this new one offers a few extra features:

  1. It also shows you the Alexa rank (not that that means much, but it’s there anyway)
  2. You can also display backlinks and indexed pages for Google, Yahoo and MSN. That’s handy.
  3. It is also customisable – you can shoose it’s location as well as what it shows you.

Handy tool – get it here.

Don’t Be All Things To All People

John Allsopp’s latest article, Tipping Firefox Across the Chasm covers some very good ground that hopefully will be read by those at Mozilla.

He comments that:

If I had any advice for the Mozilla Foundation when it came to marketing Firefox it would be that they really separate out the two very distinct groups of user they currently focus on – visionary early adopters, and the mainstream – rather than lumping them together when promoting the application.

Visionaries largely want complicated, complicating (and wonderful) stuff like plugins, toolbars and the like. The appeal to mainstream users of Firefox is almost the opposite – simplicity, security, ease of use, and maybe even a little fun. A bowser that “just works”. Taking back the web. There you go Mozilla, you can have that one.

Many of us have already switched to Firefox, and if you’re like me, you’ll never go back. But what about the average Joe?

I think increased Firefox takeup among the mainstream really needs a positive, specific message. Hopefully Mozilla will take John’s advice on board!

Misconceptions About Teenage Visitors

The stereotypical teenager is a myth, according to Jakob Neilsen’s latest Alertbox.

According to his research, teenagers in general are not all the wizz-kids they are portrayed as. So rather than teenagers being able to use any website thrown at them, many found websites more difficult to use than adults, due to poorer reading skills and less patience.

Assessing your website’s usability on “the average user” is a dangerous game (as there is no such thing), but if you’re going to generalise it’s handy to know some researched facts about your potential audience rather than basing your decisions on misconsceptions.

The internet wasn’t invented when I was a teenager, and my kids aren’t that old yet – so I have nothink to test these findings on… So any teenagers reading this: What do you think?