[chandler-dev] An alternative placement for the day list

Graham Perrin G.J.Perrin at bton.ac.uk
Thu Jan 15 12:53:45 PST 2009


Following the bug <https://bugzilla.osafoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=7808>
and discussion
<http://www.mail-archive.com/design@osafoundation.org/msg02967.html> 

Clicks on most things on the left hand side 
(All, Starred, Calendar, default collections, other collections,
mini-calendar)
affect the midst of the Chandler window.

Clicks within the small area immediately above the mini-calendar seem to
have zero effect on the midst of the Chandler window.

These clicks at far left have an effect at far right (the distance) but fail
to offer context in the midst (locality). 

Feels odd. 

For a moment, I'll call this mini-list of things the 'day list'. I'm sure
that's not the proper expression but anyway …

It's the placement, not the intention, of the day list that's odd. 

If clicks within the day list are to affect the right hand side, then have
the list nearer its relations.

If clicks within the mini-calendar are to affect the day list, then have the
mini-calendar near its day list.

So, a suggestion: 

 * nest the day list between the mini-calendar and the detail view
 * at the foot of the central area
 * arising only when the list is populated.

I see <https://bugzilla.osafoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12169> 

> Remove minicalendar

— but that's Cosmo. 

The be honest: whilst I understand the intention of the day list, it's Yet
Another Thing within a Chandler window in which many things have filter-like
effects on the midst — but this list neither affects the midst, nor is
affected by the familiar filters. I tend to think that there could/should be
a more logical way of presenting a day's events using other (existing)
mechanisms within the UI. 

Regards
Graham
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