[Sugar-devel] Nice Write activity improvements
garycmartin at googlemail.com
Mon Nov 29 07:02:33 EST 2010
[adding in Sugar Devel]
On 29 Nov 2010, at 10:57, Gonzalo Odiard <gonzalo at laptop.org> wrote:
> Hi Gary, I was talking with Martin Sevior about adding comments support in Write.
> He says:
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> From: Gonzalo Odiard <gonzalo at laptop.org>
> Date: Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 11:43 PM
> Subject: Re: Nice Write activity improvements
> To: Martin Sevior <msevior at gmail.com>
> Cc: abiword-dev <abiword-dev at abisource.com>
> > > > * Annotations: probably not easy, but a wonderful tool to teachers.
> > > >
> > >
> > > Can you suggest a User Interface for this? This has been a stumbling
> > > block for implementing this feature.
> > I will ask to Gary about it.
> Anyway this feature is for the future, probably need changes in the Aby bindings, but if you,
> or anybody in our loved ui dictators team ;), can think about this would be great.
Yes I've had a few emails with Martin Sevior about this already, but not yet made any progress. I think the general area of issue is that Sugar design avoids floating dialogue windows (Sugar went with single fullscreen windows to maximise canvas space, avoid users having to window layer shuffle, and move individual windows about). AbiWord uses the conventional floating dialogue windows for both annotations and its spelling correction interface. Need to find a Sugar friendly solution.
FWIW: Now the distro builds use the standard metacity window manager, if you don't really care how it integrates with the Sugar design, you can enable the features right now for testing. As I understand it they are both hidden in a right click contextual menu for the document text area. You can re-enable this contextual menu by editing the config file in the Write bundle and uncommenting a couple of lines.
P.S. Perhaps we do allow Write to get more and more complicated like some MS Word colossus :( and direct our 6-12yr old target audience over to use a more clean and focused activity like Edit, http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/addon/4349
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