[Design] Mangaing items accross Chandler's sub-applications
selva11r at yahoo.ca
Thu Jul 28 20:11:06 PDT 2005
A couple of minor elaborations in line below.
--- selva r <selva11r at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> A much more convenient way for sorting
> out roughly captured memos may to present some
> organizational radio buttons along the top border of
> the memo similar to how Mac OSX presents three radio
> buttons on top of each window for opening, closing,
> and maximizing the window.
> In our situation, we might offer three radio buttons
> along the left side of the top margin for assisting
> with triaging of memos. For example, a red radio
> button, when clicked on sends the memo to the Now
By keeping consistant with visual organization cues,
as soon as the red button is selected, the borders of
the displayed item window could match the Now box
color as well. Ditto for the Later, and Done box item
window frames as well. If an item is not worthy
enough to even be sorted manually or automatically
into the Triage system, (such as might be encountered
in the voluminous email app) then it might be
presented in a grey scale border color.
Also because of the voluminous nature of emai,
automatic filters such as that previously discussed
may allow for automatic sorting of important email
into the Now, Later, Done boxes. For example, email
from Mom could go directly into the Now box instead of
having to manually sort it using buttons. Previously,
this was suggested to be allowed by offering sorting
rule options when the user right-clicks on the sender
address of an email within the email list frame.
> A yellow radio button, when clicked on sends the
> to the Later box, a green radio button, when clicked
> on, sends the memo to the Done box. (Actual colors
> would be user defined of course).
Perhaps a fourth radio button should also be added
along the top margin of subapplication item windows.
A radio button with the green cactus icon next to it
could allow for quick classification of the displayed
Memo along the cactus plane. Again, using the same
convention as described with the launch bar Cactus
button, Shift-clicking the Cactus radio button on the
item window could allow the contents of the displayed
memo (or other item) to be added at the end of a
pre-existing Memo or Writer file within the Cactus
> For sending roughly captured memos to other
> subapplications of Chandler such as email, we may
> allow for a double user interface option for this.
> One option would be to allow the user to right click
> on the title bar of the memo and the contextual menu
> could offer to send the memo to other sub
> applications. For example, one right click option
> might send the memo into a new email composition
> window. Another option might be to send the memo
> a new Writer document. Another option might be to
> the memo to the end of an existing Writer document,
> which case, the Cactus window may need to be opened
> to allow the user to look up an existing Writer file
> (or an existing memo).
> A simultaneous second system for sorting out memos
> into other areas of Chandler might be to adopt a
> convention for the Chandler subapplication launch
> One convention might be that if a subapplication
> launch button is simply clicked on, then the
> subapplication launches where the user left off last
> time. However, if the user has a memo window
> open, and presses say Shift-click on the launch
> button, then the displayed memo contents are then
> copied onto a new composition window within that
> For example, if the email sub-app launch button is
> Shift-clicked when a memo is open, then a new email
> composition window could be opened with the contents
> of the memo copied into it.
Of course, there may be situations where a user has
more than one item window opened in Chandler. In this
case, one might use the convention that the last item
Window (ex. a Memo) selected prior to Shift-clicking
on a different sub-application launch button would
have it's content placed in the new composition window
within the second sub-application (ex. E-mail).
> As another example, if
> word processor button such as Writer is eventually
> adopted to integrate with Chandler, then
> Shift-clicking on its launch button when a memo is
> open could copy the contents of the memo onto a new
> Writer document. Furthermore, if the memo is to be
> copied on to the end of an existing Writer document,
> the user might then Shift-click on the Cactus view
> button in the launch bar while the memo is open.
> could then allow the user to select the Writer
> document (or even a pre-existing memo) within the
> cactus that the contents of the unclassified memo
> be added on to at the end.
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