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I think the master-detail paradigm may work here. For example, look at the browse dialog of Windows7 below. Ignoring the possible tree structure on the left, whatever you select on the left, changes the content of the right panel. A similar structure can be found in Microsoft Office, for example when creating a new document.


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I would recommend an Accordion. Or how about an Expander or Cover Flow metaphor from Telerik?


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Do you know what it is about visualizing tabs they don't like? Since all tabs are is an anchor that shows/hides a container, you could still do it the same way but without actually making it look like folder tabs. You could follow Dan's suggestion (which is really the same thing as using tabs without the visual cues) or maybe you could make a case for why ...


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It might be worth mocking up a couple of versions using the Accordian and Expander (as suggested by Ryan) and showing them to the client. These controls are very similar to tabs and might not pass the "fondness" test. Let them use them for a while and then ask some questions about which they liked or didn't like and why. Treat it as a mini User Experience ...


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I don't know about silverlight but flash supports key board interactions and is meant to work with the latest versions of screen reader software. However older versions of screen reader software do not work well with flash. The company I work for develop a lot of content which has to work with screen readers. Up until now we have never really trusted the ...


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So obviously there's lots of points of consideration in such a question - and could become a whole discussion. But in the spirit of Q&A I say "No", we should not use these proprietary technologies and should begin to abandon them for anything that must take accessibility into account as a critical component to the goal of the project. Anything that ...


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We made something close to that for The Swedish Association of Health Professionals. Mainly ment as a visualization of their activity over time and as a exploratory entrance to some of their content. Sadly it seems to have lost it´s place in the grid and has slipped down to the footer of the page but check it out: http://vardforbundet.se/


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If you are using Silverlight, then you may want to look into a Navigation style interface with paging and 'breadcrumbs' to lead the user through the system. In some interfaces I've designed, we've had success with this style of navigation along with a selection of 'related screens' to help route the user through the application. I think that when you have ...


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I'm curious as to what metaphor your client would be more interested in being used than a tab menu. Anyone who uses a visual operating system uses a tab menu in some aspect or another. The difference being the visual representation of said menu. Mac has their own, Windows as well has their own. The possibilities are endless. Mocking up a few possibilities ...


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I think the platform is not important here. Search around the web for UI patterns. there are galleries out there. see which one is best for your client! You can see some resources here


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For flash there is some attempt at accessibility. Here's a reference that is helpful. It says... The Accessibility class manages communication with screen readers. Screen readers are a type of assistive technology for visually impaired users that provides an audio version of screen content. The methods of the Accessibility class are ...


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The answer is NO!!! You want the "Accessibility" and by this, you need to have your contents accessible for a wide range of users. Using a plugin like Flash or Silverlight, will reduce the accessibility because users who don't have these plugins, will see nothing! Another point is that HTML 5, CSS 3 and new techniques in Javascript allows you to have ...


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Have you considered jqueryui? They have a CSS theme generator that's been a good starting point for me. http://jqueryui.com/themeroller/


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Try a drop-down/drawer like mint.com (See screenshot)


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If the details that a person needs to enter for a new item can fit into a row, then I'd also recommend inserting a new row at the top. If there's more detail than can be specified in a row, or if the tools needed to enter the new item are too much for a row, use a dialog. I don't think a dialog would be distracting in this case since it's in direct ...


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What if you used something that has a similar effect to a Fisheye menu. When the cursor is over the timeline, the area around it expands/magnifies. So for the normal view, the scale is linear. When the fisheye lens is over a certain section the scale of the timeline is also expanded. http://www.ajaxdaddy.com/demo-interface-fisheye.html


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I'm trying to break your question down into a few sections. Have a look at Google's Finance graph: In particular, notice the scroll bar that gives a view of the place of the viewable section within the overall timeline. I think I need a little more info to understand the exact functionality of the trigger and timer, but since you've mentioned tasks, I ...


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I don't know if it is what you are looking for, but a few days ago I saw a timeline that looks great. It's from an iPad app, called iStreamer. Is the best timeline I've seen...


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How about, one long scrollable page with collapsible elements?



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