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Just for the record. My own inital functional approach: imgspread (demo)


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I haven't seen a compact name for the interaction. You see this very often on design portfolios. Here's two plugins Thumbnail grid with Expanding preview: http://tympanus.net/codrops/2013/03/19/thumbnail-grid-with-expanding-preview/ Portfolio content expander: http://codecanyon.net/item/colio-jquery-portfolio-content-expander-plugin/6507310


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further to what Michael has said about consistency, I think it's important to analyse what the modal window is asking and ask whether it really is so important that you must break the flow of the page and force the user into interacting with another interface. Is it appropriate to force feedback? It sounds dramatic, but that's what a modal window is. If not ...


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The 1990's called! Please return its cascading message boxes! Alerting system are extremely complex and difficult to get right. They require subtlety in one case, while demanding you slap the user in the face the next. If you fail to get it right you either cry wolf every time (your current design is doing this) or hide them in the corner. You should ...


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Given the nature of this task I would offer a single text-area where the user can write or paste the emails separated by a space, a semicolon or both. Below the text-area there could be a greyed out sentence that counts the number of available emails allowed. If the number of email addresses exceeds the allowed amount, the text gets red and the sentence ...


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Not just about modal errors, but errors in general: Is it an error that prevent the user from continuing using of the application? Is it an error that resulted in loss of data? Is is an error that is not likely to be overcome by silently retrying? If all of these questions are a 'no', then there is no point in explicitly showing the error to the user. A ...


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The other answer you mention states that modal dialogs distract the user. Therefore it is inadvisable to use them during the normal user workflow. However, if there is an event that is both (a) uncommon, and (b) important, then modal dialogs are entirely appropriate. Server errors may fall into this category depending on how infrequent and important they ...



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