[Proposal] Setting up to add items to Chandler Hub remotely Re: [Chandler-dev] Why is sometimes hard to dump a thought into Chandler?

Mimi Yin mimi at osafoundation.org
Fri Feb 15 14:55:43 PST 2008

We've discussed how the QE widget might work. Here's a proposal for  
how users might get set up to send items to Chandler Hub via remote  

1. Select widget from gallery (see mockup - http:// 
2. Login
3. Set options:
Add notes to your Chandler Hub account from:

[  ] iGoogle homepage
[x] Yahoo homepage
      User name: [                           ]
        Password: [                           ] Add | Remove
Apple iPhone Widget | Mac OSX Dashboard | Vista Sidebar
[x] Email
      [Select Collection |v] Send items to: xxxx at chandlerhub.org    
Add | Remove
      [Select Collection |v] Send items to: xxxx at chandlerhub.org    
Add | Remove
[  ] SMS
[x] IM
      [Select Collection |v] Add buddy: xxx   Add | Remove

                                   [Cancel] [Okay]

+ Can we make the IM buddy clickable so that it automatically adds  
the buddy to your IM list (a la Twitter set up)? and then asks you  
for your Chandler Hub password to confirm that it's you?

On Feb 12, 2008, at 12:54 PM, Mimi Yin wrote:

> Yes, I think that's a reasonable compromise. I do think however  
> that the default should be in 'Note-taking' mode with the option to  
> shrink it down to be just the title.
> Jeffrey, Travis, thoughts?
> On Feb 4, 2008, at 8:45 AM, Randy Letness wrote:
>> Mimi Yin wrote:
>>> Jeffrey, Travis and I chatted briefly yesterday about a fast and  
>>> dirty pass at a quick entry web widget that users can plug into  
>>> their iGoogle homepages, OSX Dashboard, Vista Dashboard, etc.
>>> We decided to optimize for the case where the user wants to  
>>> quickly enter a whole series of items one after another. So we  
>>> provided a single-line text field where you can enter the title  
>>> and then simply hit Enter to submit the item without having to  
>>> click on a Submit button.
>>> After thinking more about this, I think one of reasons why  
>>> someone might hesitate to dump stuff directly into Chandler and  
>>> instead pull up a text file or pull out their paper notebook  
>>> first is that when entering information into Chandler, you still  
>>> have to 'decide' what constitutes the item-unit and many times,  
>>> when you just want to quickly dump something out of your head and  
>>> get back to what it was you were doing, just that simple decision  
>>> is a significant barrier to 'quick entry'.
>>> So I think it's actually more important to more closely simulate  
>>> the 'pull up a text file and start typing' workflow in our quick  
>>> entry web widget.
>>> We give users a large-ish text field where they can jot down some  
>>> ideas, we declare the Title to be whatever blob of text comes  
>>> before the 1st line break and dump everything else into the Notes  
>>> field of the item.
>>> The downside of this is that users need to manually hit Enter in  
>>> order to submit the item to the service. But I think this is an  
>>> ok trade-off given that it's unlikely users are looking to  
>>> optimize for the rate (speed) at which they can enter multiple  
>>> items.
>>> Does this resonate with anyone else?
>> Couldn't the widget support both?  The default could be single  
>> line entries, and there could be an option for multi-line.
>> -Randy
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