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Michael Albers <[log in to unmask]>
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Michael Albers <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 08:41:19 -0500
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Many on-line stores and other sites create the page dynamically.  How will
this affect the use of bookmarking and what type of usability
considerations will it bring up in the design?

Assume, for an on-line computer store, you bookmark a CD-ROM.  A month
later, when you can buy it, the store has discontinued that item.  What
should your bookmark lead to?  Is it the discontinued item, the replacement
item, or a 'not found' error.

I see that as dynamic page generation uses more information content that is
truly dynamic (as opposed to static data sitting in a database), that a
whole new set of issues for effective design and later!! retrieval will
become an issue.  Is anyone addressing this area now?

Mike Albers

>I still find it hard to comprehend that many online stores like
MacWarehouse/PC Warehouse et al are framed -- so you can't bookmark info
for returning later. Instead, each time you are required to either
drill-drill-drill or subject yourself to their (non-discriminatory) search