[Chandler-dev] Suggestions on Quick Item Entry in the Search bar

John Anderson john at osafoundation.org
Thu Aug 10 15:42:47 PDT 2006

I'm worried that using the text search field as a text entry box will be 

Searching and text entry are completely unrelated so using the same 
widget doesn't seem very natural. Adding drop downs in the search box 
which create new events instead of searching will add further confusion. 
Without a dropdown or some other discoverable UI most users will never 
learn about the feature.

I think it makes more sense to add new UI for this feature. Perhaps, a 
toggle to open and close a new text area, or maybe a floating panel with 
some buttons (maybe with command keys) that would pre-populate the field 
with /mail, /task, etc.


Darshana Chhajed wrote:
> Hi,
> I am working on using the Search Bar for quick item entry. For eg:  
> typing "/event OSAF staff meeting at 10:45am" in the search bar will 
> create an event in the Calendar . /mail, /task and /note also create 
> the appropriate items in the dashboard.
> For more details :
> http://wiki.osafoundation.org/bin/view/Journal/QuickItemEntry
> http://wiki.osafoundation.org/bin/view/Projects/JottingNewItemsWorkflow
> Jeffrey suggested that I could create a drop down list in the search 
> bar (similar to Firefox) and have options like /Note, /Event ,etc in 
> it, which will autocomplete, depending on what the user types.
> I wanted more suggestions and ideas about what to do with the search 
> bar and quick-entry item stuff and how to use NLP in it.
> Please let me know what you all think.
> Thank you,
> Darshana
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