Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Definition: Layup

While developing, I was struggling for just the right term - so why not make a new one up? I give you Layup.

A Layup is a cross between Overlay and Pop-up. It's an HTML convention where you create a small window, like an HTML pop-up, but do so using DHTML. Technically, the pop-up is just a div that's overlaying your current page.

Sample usage:

Why don't we create two layups on this page: one for the help message and one for the search preferences. That way, users won't have to leave the page to get this information. On the other hand, because it's a layup, we won't need to worry about pop-up blockers.

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