[Design] Dashboard and overlays
mimi at osafoundation.org
Fri Jun 16 11:06:18 PDT 2006
Ahh, you make good points.
In the case you describe below we would need to 'shift focus'.
If an user has the Dashboard collection selected.
And then overlays an user-defined collection.
The selection switches from the OOTB area to the User-defined area.
It might be helpful to think of the OOTB are and the user-defined
areas almost as if they're separate panes.
We could provide visual feedback that overlaying user-defined
collections while selecting an OOTB collection will switch the
selection. However, let's try it first without the visual feedback to
see if people get confused and if they do, where they get confused so
we can figure out the best kind of visual feedback to provide.
1. User has Dashboard selected:
[ ] Home
[ ] Work
2. User checks 'Home', switches selection to 'Home'
[ ] Work
Does this make sense? We can stage this proposal so that we don't
turn off overlays for the OOTB collections in the near-term.
We can keep overlays and simply switch the view to correspond to the
view of the selected collection. So, if I'm in the Calendar App and I
have Dashboard selected and then I overlay Home, the summary pane
displays in Table view. However, if I'm in the Calendar App and I
have Home selected and then I overlay Trash, the summary pane
displays in Calendar view.
The only downside of course is that it forces the user to do a lot of
checking and un-checking as they're trying to switch modes between
the OOTB collections and the user-defined overlays. But I think it's
something we can live with for Beta. And if my suppositions are
correct, someone will scratch their own itch and implement this
special behavior themselves :o)
On Jun 16, 2006, at 8:17 AM, Jeffrey Harris wrote:
> Hi Mimi,
> Generally speaking, I like the direction your describing with
> overlays and helping users shift contexts in useful ways.
> With that said, I'm curious what you think about the difference in
> behavior I perceive between overlays in the calendar and overlays
> in the Dashboard. This is my understanding of how overlays will
> work in various areas:
> - If I'm viewing my Home collection in the calendar and overlay my
> Work collection, that's an additive action, no events go away, I
> might get some new ones
> - If I'm viewing my Dashboard (which always shows the summary
> view), the first collection I overlay is *subtractive*, no new
> items appear, many go away
> - The second time I overlay a collection, it's additive to the
> first overlaid collection
> I agree with your explanation of why this is a good workflow, so I
> think this is a reasonable path to follow. But I worry people will
> be confused by what "overlaying" is doing.
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