[Sugar-devel] [DESIGN] Write to Journal Anytime

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Tue Jan 3 15:13:36 EST 2012

On Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 3:04 PM, Christian Marc Schmidt
<christianmarc at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Walter--yes, I have time to discuss this on the weekend (Sunday?). Let me
> know if we can use our original timeslot at 10am ET.

Works for me :)

> Christian
> ________________________________
> From: Walter Bender
> Sent: 1/3/2012 11:04 AM
> To: Walter Bender; Sugar-dev Devel
> Cc: Gonzalo Odiard; manuel quiñones; Simon Schampijer; Gary C Martin;
> Christian Marc Schmidt
> Subject: [DESIGN] Write to Journal Anytime
> Gary, Christian, et al.,
> We are hopefully going to land some variant of the "Write to Journal
> Anytime" patch in Sugar 0.96 [1]. I'd like to discuss the details before
> jumping back into the code. The current plan of record is essentially to
> make a modal display of the Journal expanded entry (detail view) available
> on demand from a button on the activity toolbar (grabbing space freed up by
> the elimination of the Keep button). This is essentially what I mocked up
> about two years ago.
> While we may have had Design Team consensus on this plan in January 2011, I
> remain skeptical. The problems I see with this approach are: (1) the user
> cannot see their current work while the model window is displayed -- since
> presumably the goal is to write about what you are working on, this seems
> problematic; (2) most of the fields in the detail view are irrelevant to the
> task of taking notes; (3) some of the fields, e.g., title, already have
> mechanisms for change; (4) many of the fields are not human-editable, e.g.,
> preview image, collabarators....
> For these reasons and my general dislike of modal interfaces, I suggest a
> simple alternative: a text entry in the toolbar that lets you add notes to
> the description field directly from the toolbar. Simon (?) mocked this up a
> few years back and I think it meets the needs of the run-time access to note
> taking. Editing the notes can be done from the Journal expanded entry, which
> could be invoked from the currently unused Bulletin Board key (or,
> naturally, from the Journal itself).
> Would you have time to discuss this in more detail anytime in the coming
> week or two?
> regards.
> -walter
> [1] http://wiki.sugar labs.org/go/Features/Talk:Write_to_journal_anytime
> [2] see numerous links from ^^
> --
> Walter Bender
> Sugar Labs
> http://www.sugarlabs.org

Walter Bender
Sugar Labs

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