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Nested Layouts in Fusebox 3. John Quarto-vonTivadar FutureNow, Inc. [email protected] A little knowledge goes a long way. Magellan traveled around the world just to end up where he started. With our books, he could have really gone somewhere. Key FB3 features.

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Nested Layouts in Fusebox 3

John Quarto-vonTivadar

FutureNow, Inc.

[email protected]

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A little knowledge goes a long way.

Magellan traveled around the world just to end up where he started.

With our books, he could have really gone somewhere.

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Key FB3 features

  • Nested circuit model

  • Nested layout model

  • Fusedoc: XML-based documentation

  • Exit Fuseactions (XFAs)

  • Stablized core file and skeletal supporting files for easy fusebox generation

  • Exposed corefile API

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Fusebox component files

  • Fbx_settings.cfm

  • Fbx_circuits.cfm

  • Fbx_switch.cfm

  • Fbx_layouts.cfm

  • Fbx_savecontent.cfm

  • Fbx_fusebox30_CFxx.cfm

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Small books for big minds.

Gulliver traveled all the way to Lilliput.

With our books, he could have just stayed put.

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Nested Circuits

  • Allows communication between circuits to make reuse and distributed development easier

  • Standardization of FB3 allows any FB3 app to work with any other FB3 app

  • A fuseaction in a different circuit is refered to like “Circuit.Fuseaction”

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Effective Use of Nested Layouts

  • Cusp between content and content delivery

  • FB3 comes with “colored layouts” app

  • Visual concepts: “russian doll” and “wrapping a birthday present”

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Ideas to Keep in Mind

  • Less is More!!

  • Most web apps can be handled with 1 or 2 layout layers

  • divorce layout from content

  • prove causal relationships between changes in content v. layout affects visitors’ decision patterns

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The spice road of knowledge.

Marco Polo walked all the way to China for plain pasta.

With our saucy books, he discovered Mare Nara.

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Too much of a Good Thing?

  • the human brain has a hard time handling “embedded” sentences

  • “the man left the room”

  • “the man the woman spoke to left the room”

  • “the man the woman the child kissed spoke to left the room”

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Also remember

  • Don’t make architecture decisions based on layout (a key sign that you’ve over-analyzed, too soon)

  • A graphic designer is not a GUI designer; don’t confuse the two!

  • Graphical elements are the most fleeting page elements: get it done and move on.

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Mental manna.

The Donner party starved for knowledge.

Our books provide an all-you-can-eat buffet.

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Planning your Layouts approach

  • Every project has unique layout issues even when they use the same layout ideas

  • The same project can have two or more equally effective layout plans. Pick one and move on!

  • most decisions about layout are already implicitly complete by the time prototype is done

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Psychology of Online Browsing and Web Usability

  • Least used area of a web site: primary nav

  • Myers-Briggs Personality Type-based delivery of content

  • “Accidental Magic” by Roy Williams

  • “Guide to Web Analytics” (FutureNow)

  • “12 step recovery process to e-commerce sobriety” article series at

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Useful Resources

  • Book: “Don’t Make Me Think”, “Information Anxiety 2”

  • Free Newsletter : “” plain English treatment of effective visitor conversion

  • “Speaking Geek”Article Series:

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Batteries for your mind.

Dr. Livingstone presumed to venture to deepest, darkest Africa.

Good thing our books have built-in flashlights.

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New Fusebox 3 book

  • “Code Rutters: Discovering Fusebox”

  • Covers all of FB3 compactly

  • Lets you ease into FB3 from scratch or transition from FB2

  • Available late May 2002

  • Sign up here for advance email notice

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Upcoming FB3 training

  • Intensive 4-day training class in Vancouver, Boston, Munich.

  • Taught by Hal Helms and John Quarto-vonTivadar

  • Covers all of FB3, plus XFB concepts, introduces applied layout v. content concepts to drive site conversion ratio

  • Includes pre-coding (development phase) training

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Fusebox future

  • New fusebox governing body to manage change and define specifications

  • New fusebox improvements available privately that extend Fusebox but still meet the official specs

  • Techspedition “core” file uses the FuseQ for Model-View-Controller, bubbling exception handling, Flushing output, fuse-based layouts, and the kitchen sink

  • Released at CF-North in Toronto, May 4-5