Version 1.0 of the tool was so popular Eurocontrol decided to expand the app's remit. They wanted to add a section allowing users to explore errors they could expect to receive if the Flight Plan had been incorrectly filed.
You can view the current version at: http://contentzone.eurocontrol.int/fpl/
Eurocontrol came to me with a general requirement to add an Errors section while retaining the version 1.0 features. I was asked to write the spec. I presented them with 2 detailed options, outlining the costs and benefits of each.
- Adapt the current desktop and mobile applications to the new requirement.
- Redsign from scratch, creating a responsive site and doing away with the need for dual applications - I had learned a wee bit more about responsive sites by now!
All good websites should continue to evolve and my client, in their wisdom :-), chose to make the application responsive.
The new application is based on the 'Flat' design concept. I like this because it improves performance in the browser and can make for a very clean interface as long as everything is given appropriate space and balance.
I created a responsive design that would work on phone screens as well as desktops.
On the details page I also added a 'step through' feature to allow users to step through the list of items they had filtered down to.
I used jQuery Mobile for the interface as this is touch optimised and a better choice for a responsive design.
This has the added benefit of improveing performance as new assets are only downloaded if there is a change on the server.
This approach can only be used for relatively small datasets as all the content has to be loaded onto the client side.