[Design] [Proposal] What is Chandler supposed to do anyway?
hank777 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 8 15:52:25 PST 2007
On Dec 8, 2007 6:21 PM, Heikki Toivonen <heikki at osafoundation.org> wrote:
> hank williams wrote:
> > The word "Dashboard."
> > it seems to just be a "show all tags/categories" oh, I mean "show all
> > collections". If thats what it is then thats what it should say. If it
> > isn't that (If there is some subtlety I am missing), then you
> > certainly need a show all.
> It does not mean show all.
This is confusing then.
You can have items in Dashboard that are not
> in any other collection, and vice versa.
This sounds very confusing to me. What exactly *is* the dashboard
then. Is it just another "collection". Is it special in any way? It
seems to me the behavior of these collections needs to be polished. To
me, you should have uncategorized items, all items, and then items in
specific collections/categories. Anything else is confusing to me.
> I actually thought that we had sort of show all function by overlaying
> all collections, but I just realized it does not work in the table view
> (it works only in the calendar view).
> Anyone know why you can not overlay in table view?
> "Show all items" could be useful in some situations. I wonder if we have
> a bug for this yet (I could not find one)...
> > Again, I will stress that using new language for well understood
> > existing concepts will always confuse unnecessarily.
> On the other hand, it would also be confusing to use a well understood
> existing concept to do something that it is not supposed to do. New
> concepts require new terms.
This is only true if the concepts are really new, or if they are
really needed. I am not clear what dashboard is or why it is needed,
but it may very well be that I am missing something important on this
As it relates to the other terms I am not clear, despite your
statement, that triage is anything other than sorting. Either tags,
categories, or folders would be acceptable nomenclature that would
give people clarity as to what your groupings do. I dont think any of
this is sufficiently new (or even new at all) such that it requires
new words. New words really undermine understandability. Try going to
a foreign language website and absorb the emotional gestalt of being
totally confused. That is what foreign words do. This is milder than
that but the general psychological effect is the same.
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