Webapp Keyboard Focus Issues

I’ve found a pretty frequent problem with keyboard-enabled webapps. Gmail, Google Reader, Remember The Milk, and a whole bunch of other services (Google Calendar, for instance) all fit into this category. It seems that nearly all keyboard shortcut-enabled webapps have one big annoyance in common (no, not AJAX): The shortcuts lose focus in certain scenarios. The three apps I’m most concerned with are, of course, Gmail, Google Reader, and RTM. I do use them the most, after all. I’ve found tab-switching to be the number one cause of focus switching. Keyboard entry is sent to the browser chrome or something,…

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Remember The Milk’s Flawed Sharing Model

Two days ago, I discovered my first glaring error in Remember The Milk. Two days ago, my mom signed up for the service. Two days ago, I shared a few lists with her as an experiment. Two days ago, I had to come up with a good hack, and fast. That hack had to do one thing, and do it well: It had to get the shared lists out of her account. In other words, it had to unshare those lists. The Dissertation One would think that the ability to stop sharing something is an integral part of the sharing…

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Remember The Milk’s New “Pro Tester Program”

I just found out not too long ago that Remember The Milk has launched a new sort of alpha-testing service where users can test out unreleased features before they are finished, polished, and released to everyone. Admittedly, it’s only been available since the middle of my stay in Milwaukee, so I wouldn’t really have found out about it, but now that I’m back I have some things to say about the program. First, a little background. The Pro Tester Program (more on that first word in a moment) is intended to aid in the testing of new features on multiple…

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Review: Remember The Milk for Gmail

Remember The Milk today released a Firefox extension to add an RTM sidebar to Gmail. It looks cool, I must say. The sidebar can create tasks when you star a message or apply a specified label (useful for me, because I usually star messages that require action). It can also auto-suggest events from your calendar and contacts from your Gmail address book. The full feature list is available on the RTM website. I can see it becoming very useful, because I like to have as few tabs open as possible, and integrating RTM into Gmail would eliminate a tab from…

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Remember The Milk Updates, Big-Time

Nary a week has gone by since I about how wonderful Remember The Milk is. Now I see they’ve overhauled their interface. “Again?” you ask. I don’t know; I’ve only been using it a week, remember? Anyway, they’ve had a major revolution in how the interface displays itself. For example, there are now icons to see what tasks repeat and which ones have notes. The list view shows tags next to the tasks (configurable in the settings to left, right, or disabled). The list itself has been tweaked to give users endowed with larger monitors a wider view of their…

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Task Management is Good with Remember The Milk

I’m sure all y’all have heard way too much already about all the supposed “Web 2.0” services such as Gmail (I’m blogging about it whether you like it or not!), and I’ll bet you’ve heard of Remember The Milk already, but you have to try it to really appreciate what it can do; up until today, I never realized how much potential there is contained in that one little app. My second quarter of courses started today, and I began as I always do: getting lists of assignments that will be due during the courses. I used Google Calendar first…

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