[sugar] letting the user specify the mesh channel
Eduardo H Silva
Thu Aug 14 06:26:59 EDT 2008
I like a lot the mockup
http://dev.laptop.org/~mdengler/6995/6995_screenshot_45.png ... I would just
add one more sugestion. Include on the primary palette as a secondary title
the word "Connected". You may think that the coloring of the mesh icon makes
it clear it is connected, but i think it is important to be plan ahead for
all potential users of Sugar, like those who are blind (use some kind of
text-to-speech interface), color-blind, or even just poor eye-sighted
There is also a ticket around about the lack of information on the stages of
connecting to a network. This could be done as a palette for the network
icon which would only appear on-mouse-hover and during the period it is
connecting. Users diagnosticating or curious about the connection process
could easily see it, while others will be just happy with the blinking icon
2008/8/7 Eben Eliason <eben.eliason at gmail.com>
> On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 11:45 AM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at bga.com> wrote:
> >> See http://dev.laptop.org/~mdengler/6995/6995_screenshot_45.png<http://dev.laptop.org/%7Emdengler/6995/6995_screenshot_45.png>
> >> for an example of how I currently have it looking.
> > Thank you.
> > Currently, I use the presence of a 'Disconnect' entry in the palette
> > as a "mnemonic device" to indicate to me that a connection currently
> > exists. Would be nice to keep that.
> Hey Mikus -
> In the new designs, the Mesh device icon "turns on" (becomes colored)
> when the mesh is active, and is rendered in white when it's off. It
> should be even easier to tell the present state, without needing to
> dig into the palette.
> - Eben
> > p.s. For laughs: Now that you are *explicitly* showing channel
> > numbers -- I have a friend whose home AP is on channel 9. At his
> > house, I manually use 'iwconfig' to set my XO's radio to channel 9,
> > to be able to connect to his AP. I haven't tried setting multiple
> > XOs to channel 9 when there is no AP -- but if "mesh" were
> > configured to run that way, would your palette show that? ;>)
> No, the mesh channels are independent* of the AP channels; if you
> connect to an AP on channel 9, you are not on the mesh, which is only
> "offered" on channels 1, 6, and 11. If you turn the mesh on, you'll
> implicitly be disconnected from an AP on channel 9. If you manually
> set the mesh channel otherwise, I doubt it will be reflected in this
> * Note that in the future it will be possible to be connected on the
> mesh and to an AP, assuming they are both on the same channel.
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