Links Round-Up: Firefox, Microsoft, Yahoo

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The last month has seen me com­plete­ly immersed in User Expe­ri­ence the­o­ry and Infor­ma­tion Archi­tec­ture for my new role, and it’s been a very hec­tic time. While that has­n’t stopped me from keep­ing an eye on devel­op­ments on the web, it’s giv­en me less time to write about them.

Here’s a quick round-up of a few links that have grabbed my inter­est over the past weeks; I’d like to write more about them, but time forbids.

Yahoo’s New Application Platform Is Heavy On Social Features

The work that Yahoo (sor­ry, I refuse to use the excla­ma­tion mark) has been doing on open web stan­dards and plat­forms recent­ly has been fan­tas­tic, and the recent­ly-announced Yahoo Open Strat­e­gy looks like a log­i­cal next step. I don’t agree with this arti­cle’s con­clu­sion that this is Yahoo play­ing catch-up with Face­book, but oth­er­wise it’s a good introduction.

Windows Toolkit Gives Oomph to Microformats

For a com­pa­ny that so often gives the impres­sion (per­haps not always fair­ly) that it has no time for open stan­dards, Microsoft­’s sup­port for Micro­for­mats has been impres­sive. As well as the hAtom-pow­ered Slices fea­ture in IE8, the recent­ly released Oomph toolk­it pro­vides in-brows­er Micro­for­mats detec­tion (sim­i­lar to Fire­fox’s Oper­a­tor) and a set of stan­dard CSS styles. Nice work.

Firefox Themes: The Contention Between Visual Hierarchy and Toolbar Customization

A real­ly inter­est­ing look at the the­o­ry behind the design of the Fire­fox 3 tool­bar and icon set, as well as a gen­er­al overview of visu­al hier­ar­chy and inter­ac­tive design.

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