With all the fuss surrounding the will they/won’t they merger of Microsoft and Yahoo, it has been surprising to see just how many cool and interesting things there are buried inside the Yahoo corporation. There is much more to Yahoo than search, directories, Flickr and del.icio.us. A quick scan of Yahoo! Everything reveals a whole bunch of stuff from the new social news service Buzz to online video editing with Jumpcut to the Zimbra collaboration and instant messaging service. However, what is possibly the most interesting to web geeks is the unsung Yahoo User Interface (YUI) and Yahoo Design Pattern Library, both part of the Yahoo Developer Network.
The Yahoo Design Pattern Library is a practical application of the industrial strength code in the YUI. The patterns are an attempt to offer comprehensive solutions to a wide-range of interface design problems and pull together different pieces of the YUI code. There are design patterns for navigation options (things like tabs and indexes), calendars, page layouts and slideshows. Like the YUI, the Design Pattern Library is free to use by all comers and is licensed under a Creative Commons By Attribution licence.
To keep up to date on new additions to both YUI and the Design Pattern Library, keep your eyes on the Yahoo! User Interface Blog at http://yuiblog.com/blog/
Note: as far as I am aware, no part of techwhimsy.com uses either YUI or the pattern library. Now that I know they exist, there’s a very good chance some of the features will make their way into techwhimsy v2.0