[chandler-users] Cosmo Web UI
greg at workspot.com
Thu Mar 29 12:38:33 PST 2007
> Just a quick question -- what is your screen resolution?
1280 x 800 ... the default on a MacBook.
> There are some different, competing requirements -- including
> trying to make sure we don't shrink the event blocks down so far
> that you can't see a title.
First, there's a large margin in the lozenge ... as a screen is
packed, everyone expects (margin / information) to shrink. Font-size
Perhaps, in the "whole-view", a rollover could expand the lozenge?
That's a flashy special-effect in a packed schedule. :-) I don't need
it, though, since clicking the item, tells me everything.
In a "whole-view", a user's demands on a lozenge are very different
than in a "scrolled-view". In order, the demands would be: (1)
approximately when? (2) approximately what? (3) exactly when? (4)
exactly what [where, etc]? Note the grid and time strip, take care of
(1); category colors or a title-snip would take care of (2); and the
exact time isn't needed until (3). So, in a whole-view lozenge, title-
snip should replace exact time. Especially since, when you look at -
all- the hours of a week at once, the exact-time is not important for
time-orientation ... Contrast this to the critical importance of
exact-time at the top of a lozenge, when you are restricted by
"scrolled-view" -- half the time you're checking to see if it's AM or
PM. It's a very different world.
On Mar 29, 2007, at 12:19 PM, Matthew Eernisse wrote:
> Thanks very much for using the Cosmo Web UI. It's really exciting
> to see someone using it as their primary interface for accessing
> We've actually had some discussion about how to increase the
> available time range for the scrollable area in the UI. There are
> some different, competing requirements -- including trying to make
> sure we don't shrink the event blocks down so far that you can't
> see a title.
> There are two angles of approach on this:
> 1. Increasing the time range in the scrolling area -- we'll have to
> make some changes to the event lozenges for this to happen.
> 2. Making the height of an hour in the scrolling area configurable
> as a user preference -- there's an open bug for this (bug 5124).
> It's excellent to get some user feedback on this issue. I can't
> guarantee how quickly we'll be able to address it, but at least we
> know it's a bona fide inconvenience for someone trying to use the app.
> Just a quick question -- what is your screen resolution? Obviously
> this is more of a problem the less screen real estate you have.
> Greg Bryant wrote:
>> First, I want to say: the web interface is /excellent/. That's why
>> I started using it.
>> I use it for something real -- to schedule space for a non-profit
>> community center. But, after three days, I'm close to giving up,
>> because I can't see my events in a /scrolled/ week view. To do
>> anything useful, I need to see the /whole/ week.
>> In iCal, I set my view preference to 24 hours, so I can see
>> everything at once. The iCal month-view also lets me see the
>> whole, without scrolling. While in the Cosmo UI, when someone asks
>> for available times, I start scrolling up-and-down like mad,
>> looking left-and-right, trying to memorize enough, as viewed
>> through this tiny window, to discuss different possibilities on
>> different days over several weeks. It's very hard.
>> So, it would be nice to have a "whole view" preference in Settings
>> > Advanced. I'd use Chandler, but I'm on a quest for the perfect
>> calendar webapp.
>> I installed Cosmo 0.6 on my Linux machine, and found that setting
>> "dj_global.HOUR_UNIT_HEIGHT=30;" in dojo.js, does most of what I
>> Many thanks!
>> (using Safari)
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