[sugar] lots of scrolling in activities-list
Wed Dec 5 16:22:16 EST 2007
>> 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.
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
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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