[sugar] lots of scrolling in activities-list

Eduardo H Silva hoboprimate
Wed Dec 5 21:07:01 EST 2007

Not knowing what new design will replace the current activity frame, I think
that not having so many activities pre-installed would help in this problem.
Just like ubuntu does, provide a minimal set of most important programs, in
this case focusing on learning and education, and then let the user add more
from the wiki. Of course, maybe this doesn't work right now, because
updating manually-installed activities isn't set up yet, neither is removing
them, but I hope this will be the way in the future. Then again, this new
design may completely remove the problem of having 20 plus activities


2007/12/5, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at bga.com>:
> >> We have a completely new approach to this on the table, which will be
> >> discussed and hopefully placed into the roadmap soon.
> In cyberspace, information is often stored in a hierarchy of
> directories (with the higher-level directories serving to organize
> access to the the information).  OLPC is substituting a single-level
> Journal, with extensive filter capabilities to organize the view of
> (i.e., access to) the information according to the user's intent.
> Both approaches serve to exclude those items not pertinent to the
> current access purpose.
> If the activities-list were to be organized hierarchically, let me
> suggest a "tabbed" selection path:  Let the user select a "tab"
> (e.g., "card games"), then select a specific activity shown within
> that tab (e.g. "Klondike solitaire").  [If need be, 'tabs'
> themselves can be hierarchical ("card games" tab within "games"
> tab).  Think of 'tabs' as providing a _visual_ access filter.
> mikus
> p.s.  I believe the purpose of organizing stored information is to
> facilitate subsequent access to that information.  But sometimes the
>   mechanics involved in specifying the organizing "details" can
> interfere with the thought process of the user who is adding the
> information.
> For example, in FireFox3 the action of 'bookmarking a page' will ask
> for meta-information to be used to locate that entry, although at
> that moment the user's main focus might simply be in "marking" that
> page, without being diverted into considering  "Why will I want to
> access this page again?".
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