Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2007 13:16 UTC, submitted by steverez1
Internet & Networking "Microsoft has released a new showcase of its Silverlight web development frameworks, a graphical search engine called Tafiti. Tafiti, which means 'do research' in Swahili, is an experimental frontend to Microsoft's Live Search engine. It presents search options in three panes on the screen: the left pane is for entering search queries and switching between image, RSS, Web, and News, the middle pane contains the search results, and the right pane is used to 'dock' results using drag-and-drop for looking at later."
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Just like everything else
by leos on Fri 24th Aug 2007 14:45 UTC
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

If you look around the field of data visualization, these kinds of interfaces are a dime a dozen. And ultimately (as the author of the article also realized) they're pretty much useless.
Yes it looks pretty, yes there's the odd feature that might be neat, but it is still far inferior to just plain text search that we already have. What I really want to see is a showcase that is actually BETTER than what can be currently done. Not just prettier with more animations, but something that people would actually use on a day to day basis. Producing something like that is much harder, and I don't think Silverlight offers anything that can't already be done with Flash or XUL or SVG.

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RE: Just like everything else
by TBPrince on Fri 24th Aug 2007 16:50 in reply to "Just like everything else"
TBPrince Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes it looks pretty, yes there's the odd feature that might be neat, but it is still far inferior to just plain text search that we already have.
While I agree this is just a showcase, I won't underestimate these kind of "conceptual works". The fact we're used to some kind of things, it doesn't mean things might not change.

While Silverlight is not something original as its basic concepts were used long before by SVG and Flash, Silverlight plays nicer to search engines (according to what I think but I'm not 100% sure yet) than Flash and this is not secondary: if Flash could be good at being indexed, web would be very different than the one we see now.

These technologies can achieve very good results by enhancing interations with end users. While Tafiti doesn't provide anything revolutionary, it's a good basis to enhance and to provide new functionalities. I'm sure in a few time, we will change even the way we're searching the Web now.

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RE: Just like everything else
by sappyvcv on Sat 25th Aug 2007 13:00 in reply to "Just like everything else"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

and I don't think Silverlight offers anything that can't already be done with Flash or XUL or SVG.

Maybe you should do some research first then.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Maybe you should do some research first then.

It looks like a Flash interface people have been producing for years, it acts like a Flash interface people have been producing for years and it sounds like a Flash interface people have been producing for years.

All in all, a duck, is a duck, is a duck.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Maybe you should do some research first then.


Well, what can Silverlight do that Flash, XUL and/or SVG cannot do - not to mention what can Flash, XUL and/or SVG do that Silverlight cannot do ;)

I mean, you must have made that research, right? ;)

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