[Design] Mangaing items accross Chandler's sub-applications
selva11r at yahoo.ca
Sat Jul 30 14:44:53 PDT 2005
Modifications of organizational buttons for item
windows in Datebook sub app discussed in line.
--- selva r <selva11r at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> Additional comments in line.
> --- selva r <selva11r at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> > 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
> > 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
> > > button, when clicked on sends the memo to the
> > > box.
> Upon further consideration, perhaps each item window
> within Chandler's subapps should include not just
> three but actually seven circular organizational
> buttons along the top border of the window.
> Buttons 1, 2, &3: The first three to far left might
> for Now, Later, Done triaging.
> Button 4: To set a specific due date for the item
> which then allows for viewing of Chandler sub app
> items by due date filter within the Triage box
> as well as within a possible future 3-D cactus
> Button 5: The fifth button might be to classify the
> item (if it is deemed important enough) along the
> cactus plane to show its inter-relationship with
> other items in Chandler's sub-applications.
> Button 6: The sixth button might be to link the
> displayed item with one or more other items within
> Chandler's sub-apps. (For example, a Datebook
> entry might be linked with a few Memo's and a couple
> of Writer documents.)
> Button 7: The last organizational button could be to
> simply delete the item.
The above described series of organizational buttons
along the top border of item windows would probably
work well for Memo items, To Do list items (which
might actually be a modified form of Memo entry),
Email message display frame, and, in future, perhaps
also a Chandler modified version of Writer document
window since word processing documents often tend to
become tasks with due dates.
As an aside, looking longer into the time frame, it
would probably also be useful to eventually develop a
conduit for OOo's presentation application "Impress"
to also access Chandler's XML file repository so that
presentation slide shows could also organized within
the cactus window to help with project planning along
3 dimensions. Hence, Impress's tool bars might also
eventually be modified by Chandler to include the
seven round organizational tool buttons described
Getting back on topic, the Datebook sub app item
window would probably need special consideration.
Firstly, Datebook entries do not need to be triaged
according to the N/L/D system since they essentially
define their own time value along the time axis as
they are entered in Datebook. Hence, the first three
organizational buttons may not be required here.
Furthermore, the fourth organzational button, namely
the detailed time management button, could be modified
a bit. In all Chandler sub-aps other than Datebook,
the dialogue box presented when this button is
selected may allow the user to specify a due date, and
set an alarm for the item prior to the due date.
However, in Datebook app item window (i.e. event
window), the detailed time management button does not
need to query the user for a due date since the time
axis value is essentially filled in automatically by
the Datebook app. However, the detailed time
management button may be employed here to allow the
user to set an alarm for the event, to set repetition
criteria for the event, or to declare it as a floating
event so that the item floats on the Day view of the
Datebook from one day to the next.
Hence, in sum, for the Datebook item window, one could
employ just four round organizational buttons along
the top border of the event window:
1) Detailed time management button
2) Cactus plane filing button
3) Linking to other items in Chandler button ex. Memo,
Email, and perhaps in future to Writer document,
Impress file, & Calc file as well.
4) Delete button
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