[Design] Renaming or eliminating the 'triage' button
jeffrey at osafoundation.org
Tue Oct 31 11:31:45 PST 2006
> I find the current name of the 'triage' button confusing, I didn't know
> what it did until I talked to Grant and Priscilla about it. I was
> thinking 'sort triage' or re-sort would be more appropriate.
> Once I realized that all it was doing was sorting on triage status I
> wondered if we need a button at all. The idiom of clicking on column
> headers to cause sorts is widely used and understood, maybe it would be
> better to not have this button at all and just expect people to click
> on the column header when they want to re-sort on triage status. To me
> this seems less confusing than having a special button to sort one
> column, while the other columns are sorted by clicking their headers.
I think this is a little different from re-sorting, it's more like
committing changes. From the users perspective, the main upshot of this
will probably be that sorting shifts itself around. So in that sense,
it's a re-sorting, but it's not like sorting emails in a mail client, I
think it's more like sorting rows in a spreadsheet.
I think that button is really about refocusing attention. I'm not
exactly clear on what the latest proposal is (there's a meeting about
this this afternoon), but we may be putting updated items at the top of
your dashboard without changing their triage status. So, for instance,
if I'm working on a Later item that I'm sharing with you, and you make a
change, when sharing updates that item, it will start showing up in the
Now section, even though its triage status is still later.
I got confused by what purge meant at first, but the proposed icon for
Purge/Triage/Commit/Apply/Refocus/whatever the heck we're going to call
it really worked for me when I looked at it. It immediately drew
together (for me, at least) what was going to happen if it was pressed
by suggesting the moving around of colors. I think it'll be clearer
what's going on when that icon grays itself out (currently you can't
tell if there's anything to be purged).
I suppose if we wanted to leverage that icon, we could use more of our
scarce dashboard real estate for an individual-item-purge-icon column.
It would be greyed out if there weren't any triage changes to apply for
that item, but it would be full color if there was a relevant triage
status change. That would have the added benefit that people could
click on the icon to purge individual items, and sort to see which items
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