[Design] Design Session 2 on Stamping and Communications
morgen at osafoundation.org
Wed Mar 15 08:17:39 PST 2006
On Mar 14, 2006, at 10:58 PM, Philippe Bossut wrote:
> Morgen Sagen wrote:
>> Following up on the meeting we just had, here are some mockups of
>> a detail view showing how stamping and linking could be unified:
> Excellent. Note however that such a UI would break the current
> assumption (made by the Detail View) that we display one item and
> one item only...
Actually, even today there *are* multiple items being displayed in
the detail view, it's just that the user may not think of them that
way. For example, each email address in the To: field of an email
item is a distinct item, as is the Location field of a calendar event.
> Well, may be that's an assumption we need to break but moving from
> displaying one item to displaying one item + the graph of linked
> items (which can branch and nest quite deeply) is not easy. On
> further reflection I think I would rather see for an item a list of
> directly linked items and allow the user to drill down rather than
> have nested sections. Sort of an "item browser" so to speak with
> clickable links from one item to the next (and a back button...).
> That would solve the real estate issue and the "hierarchical" issue
> that your proposal has IMO...
What I like about my proposal is that when all of the linked items
are 'collapsed' you essentially have the item list you want; if you
want to see more detail about a linked item you don't necessarily
have to leave the context you are in. I see that I neglected to
include in my mock-ups some affordance for navigating to the detail
view of any of the linked items, but I did intend the user to be able
to click on a linked item and have the detail view switch to that item.
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