[chandler-users] Chandler Desktop: summary table: schedule/alarm column and date column (was: Unscheduled 'to do' lists)
G.J.Perrin at bton.ac.uk
Mon May 18 03:16:16 PDT 2009
> I had seen that column when I was experimenting, and dismissed it after
> trying to work out what it was for.
Until very recently I, too, was unsure about the date column but now, it
makes good sense.
> I just went back and experimented with it again. I clicked on Dashboard
> and then on Starred, and got a list of my tasks.
Correction: that's not necessarily a list of tasks.
Clicking Dashboard then Starred presents a summary table of dashboard items
that are starred.
Stars can apply to items that are within or without the calendar, with or
without an alarm, with or without an address.
> scheduled and unscheduled items are separated, but not in any fashion I
> can imagine anyone finding useful :)
To view scheduled items:
1. click Calendar.
To view unscheduled items alongside (not mixed with) scheduled items:
1. click All
2. click the icon at the head of the schedule column (if that's what it's
called) (to the left of the Date column).
> What's more the Date column contains two logically different kinds of
> entries …
It's actually more than two, but it shouldn't be a problem :)
I have edited <http://chandlerproject.org/Projects/DashboardIcons> to give a
better indication of what's shown in the Date column. AFAICT we see:
1. the date of the event or alarm (whichever is sooner)
2. the date of edition/sending (if the item is neither scheduled nor
what I first thought : the second behaviour is actually very useful. For
example: last week I took notes during a meeting, then after the event I saw
the order in which notes were added.
There could be a clearer relationship between what's in the date column, and
the one thing (one of three or more things) to which that date relates.
I wondered whether we might colour code both the date and the alarm icon,
where there's an equation between the two; or colour code both the date and
the clock icon, where there's an equation between those two. However:
Chandler is already very colourful in other ways, so I doubt that colour
coding is ideal.
Maybe the summary table columns should be presented in a different order? So
that cr or ed appears alongside the date, when that's what's meant by the
date, and so on.
Other thoughts, anyone?
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