[Design] Quick Item Entry
hartsook at osafoundation.org
Mon Aug 14 12:59:58 PDT 2006
Another example of a command line interface is Google Calendar.
In the calendar view there is a "button" to Create an Event that
shifts context from the calendar view and opens a full new event UI,
but they also have a Quick Add "button" that just opens a single
command line popup where you can enter the event title and date/time
info and the corresponding event is created in your default calendar.
Context is not shifted, the calendar view continues during event
I can see how this would be useful in Chandler when you wanted to make
a note to yourself or create a placeholder item to be enriched later,
but need to be able to read information from your current view (both
table and detail) to create the new item. I think having the entry
field in the status bar is even better than a popup window that may
have to be moved around to uncover information occluded in the main
On 8/14/06, Jeffrey Harris <jeffrey at osafoundation.org> wrote:
> Hi John,
> > I think lots of people would always prefer choosing a menu (or menu
> > accelerator) to create a note, and lots would prefer only typing -- just
> > depending on whether they hate the mouse, prefer menus or didn't like
> > the shell-like command interface.
> It's entirely plausible some people will prefer cmd+n, or the new note
> button, or a menu item, to typing into a quick entry box.
> I don't think it likely that anyone but power users will experience
> quick entry as being an impenetrable interface like a command line.
> The point of the drop down menu is that you never have to type /search
> or /note, you select the action you want to perform and just type in a
> one-line title for a new note. No arcana required.
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