[Sugar-devel] Journal feature request--more data in main display
tomeu at sugarlabs.org
Wed Jul 1 06:36:17 EDT 2009
On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 19:02, Gary C Martin<gary at garycmartin.com> wrote:
> On 30 Jun 2009, at 00:32, Michael Stone wrote:
> -- big snip from old thread ---
>>> - Better Anything toolbar filter palette (use a grid layout to
>>> minimise scrolling)
>> How do you think
>> would work out here?
> An 'Anything' filter button opening a palette with a grid layout of
> filter options could work as is right now. It could be a relatively
> small and contained code change, for a relatively large improvement in
> usability. I guess (in Ebens toolbar mock-ups) a pop-up row could be
> filled with the same filter options, but it would need to cope with
> multi row layouts as the number of filter options grows over time
> (i.e. as more Activities are installed).
> More generally regarding the toolbar mock-ups, some points needing
> - Stop button must be visible at ALL times, none of these mock-ups
> show a stop
> - Activity collaboration control has disappeared, assume this should
> be a primary icon
> - No solution yet for textual names/labels (inventing unique and clear
> icons is going to get real tough, real fast, and many Activity authors
> already struggle creating decent activity icons).
> - Activity title has disappeared from toolbar is that intentional to
> rely on the naming dialogue every-time?
Yup, I guess one more refining step would be needed to move forward.
> Being Mr ActivityTeam at the moment, I do really worry about the
> amount of work this is going to be to get Activities updated and
> complying to a large toolbar redesign. Supporting both toolbar API
> styles will help, but I think we'll end up with multiple toolbar
> styles in different Activities for perhaps 6 months to a year or more.
> That's a bad backward step for usability. Just look at the amount of
> time/effort it is taking to migrate Activities over to SL
> infrastructure, let alone making anything but minor maintenance code
> changes to them.
True, so what do you suggest here?
>>> - Perhaps a Tag toolbar filter palette (could be a mini tag cloud)
>> What do you think of Scott's journal2 design here?
> Technically? A massive redesign requiring a rock-star lead developer
> and a long-term commitment to refine, debug, and stabilise over
> several Sugar platform release cycles. There are nice ideas in there,
> I particularly like the idea of turning directory paths into tags as a
> way to access the file system. But, a much simpler option would be to
> let a user type something like "/usr/local/..." in the existing
> Journal search and have the Journal display a basic folders/files
> view, typing just "/" would show the root level and a user could
> navigate old school style from there. Copy/paste could be extended to
> move content between Journal/file-system views, and external devices
> could show the file-system view by default so a USB key or SD card
> could be more easily managed.
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