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Humane Messages with Logging Feature

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Transparent messages are the brainchild of Jef Raskin. It’s simply a large and translucent message that’s displayed over the contents of your screen. They fade away when the user takes any action. In practice, the message is both noticeable yet unobtrusive. And because the message is transparent, you can see what’s beneath it. It’s just humane. Humane Messages is a system for displaying and temporarily logging non-modal messages, for use in web applications. Humane Messages requires the jQuery javascript library.

Humane Messages

Requirements: jQuery Framework
Demo: http://binarybonsai.com/misc/humanmsg/
License: Apache License 2.0

  • Quite frankly I can’t think of a situation where this could come in useful. Seems like a simple proof-of-concept.

  • @ Oskar
    To be fair i think there are many situations where this could be useful, for a quick example: Form validation, giving you a quick notification if the password you are trying to use isn’t strong enough.

    For web apps in general there are numerous uses.

  • Matt

    I’d have to agree with Oskar on this one… I’m a web apps developer, and anytime I need to display a message to a user, I use an inline message. I can’t imagine a time when having a footer div shake and popup would be better than having displaying a quick, inline message. Seems like overkill…

  • Great use of Jquery by the way

  • @oskar have you used many of google’s apps? They use a non-inline alert box that is similar to this. It’s not nearly as obtrusive, but it’s the same concept. I think that inline messages are great, but in a web application, it’s often better to display alerts in a consistent manner, from a usability standpoint, as well as from an implementation standpoint.

    For all of you Mootools users (myself being one), there’s a Mootools equivalent of this script: http://digitarald.de/project/roar/

  • I can see this being used when a site prompts a sign in via lightbox keeping the user on the same page.

  • Rob

    gotta agree with oksar here… its cool no doubt, but what would you do with it?

  • Leland Clemmons

    While it looks cool (and uses some nice JS), this script doesn’t seem practical in most situations. Using the fade-in highlight seems like a much cleaner, and more appropriate take on notification.

  • Eh.. Cool effect.

  • Wow..cool..

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