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Nine Tips for Designing Rich Internet Applications Recently I was asked to provide input into a presentation. The question was asked, if you were going to provide some quick basic guidelines for designing rich applications what would they be. Here were the nine thoughts as they originally came to my head. 1) Make it directly interactive Instead of page to page interactions think direct interaction. Use in context editing as much as possible. Use drag and drop only where it makes sense. Barring a selection model, put tools as close to the objects being edited as possible. Cooper states it as "Where there is output, let there be input." 2) Make it inviting Use hover to invite users to the next level of interaction. If the interface responds well to light events (like hover) it can be used to entice the user to interact. 3) Use lightweight, in-context popups instead of page t... (more)