[Sugar-devel] Nice Write activity improvements

Gonzalo Odiard gonzalo at laptop.org
Thu Dec 2 06:53:51 EST 2010

> > > * 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.
Yes, i think we can use the new toolbar like in the edit toolbar or a
pallete like the new color choser.

> 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.
I know, but I care about Sugar integration, I think we can work in these
features in the future, but i want start to think in the interface.

> Regards,
> --Gary
> 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>
> http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/addon/4349
I promise do not add every possible feature :) I am conscious of the danger
of featureitis...

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