Last week, I wrote about the concept of reader aware design - the idea that our content websites can now look back at us and alter their layout to best suite our needs as readers without requiring us to login or create accounts.
Today, I’m excited to announce the release of the first version of Aware.js, a jQuery plugin that implements many of these features, and enables developers to apply techniques first used in responsive design to these new reader contexts.
What does Aware.js do?
- Adds CSS classes to identify various classes of users: new visitors, repeat visitors, and repeat visitors who are making their first visit of the day.
- Flags content that is new to the reader for easy CSS styling.
- Inserts relative bookmarks into the content stream to clearly indicate what a reader has already seen.
We’re releasing Aware.js now to continue the conversation about reader aware design, and to collect feedback and suggestions from the community. What other information might Aware.js provide about a reader? How will you use these tools and techniques on your site? We’d love to hear from you - Send us a tweet to @XOXCO!