Section Info based inline edit sample

Jacob Farber jacob.farber at utoronto.ca
Wed Aug 27 18:13:16 UTC 2008


When it comes to things like Inline Edit, Undo and Redo are much more 
manageable, I think.
Now as for the Reorderer....well, that would be an interesting challenge 
to solve....
Jacob­

Eli Cochran wrote:
> While I'm not saying that it's the right thing to do, I would like to 
> point out that very few web applications even attempt to implement 
> multilevel Undo. 
>
> gMail only allows you to undo your last activity and once you do 
> /anything/ else, you lose the ability to go back at all. 
>
> Some apps are getting more sophisticated but it's still a new model on 
> the web... actually bleeding edge given the technical hurdles. 
>
> - Eli 
>
> On Aug 27, 2008, at 10:15 AM, Daphne Ogle wrote:
>
>> These do seem the best of the choices we've seen so far and I think 
>> they work well in their context. But I agree with you Eli that 
>> displaying them as a set adds to their clarity.   On top of the real 
>> estate issue for displaying both, our undo and redo are a one time 
>> action so I don't think they are ever available together.   The 
>> additional challenge and vagueness for us in contexts like section 
>> info is that the proximity of the icon ends up being closer to the 
>> next field then the text that was edited if it's shorter than the 
>> text field itself.  If we use text now for testing we can get a feel 
>> for whether or not users get our undo and redo.  We can easily get 
>> feedback on icons later without running an entire test.
>>
>> As a total aside:  We could rethink them and implement true undo and 
>> redos (not restricting to undoing only last change).  We wouldn't 
>> want to make the change just so we can show them together Allison and 
>> I have been discussing exploring true undos and redos -- particularly 
>> if one of the Sakai UX or uPortal announcements context require it. 
>>  True undo complicates the interaction for the user with much more 
>> memory load but we could build in reminders of the previous edits and 
>> let them choose which one to go to. 
>>
>> -Daphne 
>>
>> On Aug 26, 2008, at 7:12 PM, Eli Cochran wrote:
>>
>>> The icons in MS Word are really good. (enclosed)
>>>
>>> One thing that I really like about them is that they are two 
>>> different colors. But the other thing about them which helps make 
>>> them clearer as to their purpose is that they are always seen 
>>> together. I'm not sure that we would want use so much room.
>>>
>>> <pastedGraphic.tiff>
>>>
>>> - Eli 
>>>
>>> On Aug 26, 2008, at 6:19 PM, Allison Bloodworth wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi all, 
>>>>
>>>> In an ideal world we'd have the icons we wanted picked out, and 
>>>> could rely on the tooltip to give folks the information about what 
>>>> exactly they were. I do believe it would be best to to use the sort 
>>>> of standard, mirrored arrow-type Undo and Redo icons (e.g. a la 
>>>> Microsoft Word, see the Undo & Redo icons on this 
>>>> page: http://www.readyicons.com/iconset-preview.php?id=11), but 
>>>> wasn't able to find a free version that I liked when I looked. 
>>>>
>>>> If we are just uing Undo, I think the icon we have is OK for now. 
>>>> If we are also testing Redo, it would be better to have text if we 
>>>> can't find better icons. I can take another look around for some 
>>>> tomorrow. 
>>>>
>>>> Allison
>>>>
>>>> On Aug 26, 2008, at 2:05 PM, Daphne Ogle wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I'm voting for a text link rather than icons.
>>>>>
>>>>> -Daphne
>>>>>
>>>>> On Aug 26, 2008, at 2:03 PM, Eli Cochran wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Daphne,
>>>>>> I agree with you that there will probably be some confusion 
>>>>>> around Undo and Redo. I'm not sure I understand what you are 
>>>>>> suggesting. There is already a tooltip for Undo/Redo (at least 
>>>>>> there is in FF, I just used the title tag). Are you saying that 
>>>>>> you would also like a label next to or under the icon? 
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Let me know. I'll revisit this tomorrow. 
>>>>>>
>>>>>> - Eli 
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Aug 26, 2008, at 1:51 PM, Daphne Ogle wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Looks good Eli!  Nice work!
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> A couple of things:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> -  Until we come up with a meaningful icon I vote for using text 
>>>>>>> to make it clear what the user can do.  The addition of undo 
>>>>>>> adds some challenge for the user to not only figure out what one 
>>>>>>> icon does but what 2 siimilar only mirrored icons do.  Because 
>>>>>>> of their similarity its also more difficult to distinguish 
>>>>>>> between them and when they change.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> -  Just an FYI for everyone -- there is still a debate about the 
>>>>>>> usefulness and need for redo in the simple text field edit 
>>>>>>> context here.  We are hoping user testing will help us better 
>>>>>>> understand the tradeoffs of adding the complexity versus how 
>>>>>>> often redo is actually needed.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> -Daphne
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Aug 26, 2008, at 12:52 PM, Justin wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Hi Eli,
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> I've been checking it out today. It looks good.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> I've added it to the Inline Edit QA test plan. Now we will be 
>>>>>>>> able to do QA testing on the undo/redo functionality. 
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Thanks
>>>>>>>> Justin
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On 26-Aug-08, at 3:34 PM, Eli Cochran wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Hi folks,
>>>>>>>>> The Section Info based inline edit sample is pretty much done. 
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> There is a little bit of accessibility work to be done with 
>>>>>>>>> the Undo/Redo, Undo/Redo is in the wrong tab order because I'm 
>>>>>>>>> floating it right. I'm doing this for formatting reasons and I 
>>>>>>>>> can fix it with a little more sophisticated markup when I get 
>>>>>>>>> a chance. Also when you activate Undo or Redo, the focus 
>>>>>>>>> should stay on the Undo/Redo link.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> But other than that, I think that it's in good shape. 
>>>>>>>>> Certainly good enough for testing and for beta. 
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Inline Edit and the Undo code are very fun to work with. Kudos 
>>>>>>>>> to those who developed on the code. Very easy to implement. 
>>>>>>>>> Well, I had a little trouble with Undo, but once Colin helped 
>>>>>>>>> me with an undocumented and slightly confusing API change, it 
>>>>>>>>> worked like a charm. 
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Please check it 
>>>>>>>>> out: http://build.fluidproject.org/fluid/sample-code/inline-edit/section-info/section-info.html
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> - Eli 
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
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>>>>>>>>> Eli Cochran
>>>>>>>>> user interaction developer
>>>>>>>>> ETS, UC Berkeley
>>>>>>>>>
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>>>>>> Eli Cochran
>>>>>> user interaction developer
>>>>>> ETS, UC Berkeley
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>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Daphne Ogle
>>>>> Senior Interaction Designer
>>>>> University of California, Berkeley
>>>>> Educational Technology Services
>>>>> daphne at media.berkeley.edu <mailto:daphne at media.berkeley.edu>
>>>>> cell (510)847-0308
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>>>> Allison Bloodworth
>>>> Senior User Interaction Designer
>>>> Educational Technology Services
>>>> University of California, Berkeley
>>>> (415) 377-8243
>>>> abloodworth at berkeley.edu <mailto:abloodworth at berkeley.edu>
>>>>
>>>>
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>>> Eli Cochran
>>> user interaction developer
>>> ETS, UC Berkeley
>>>
>>>
>>
>> Daphne Ogle
>> Senior Interaction Designer
>> University of California, Berkeley
>> Educational Technology Services
>> daphne at media.berkeley.edu <mailto:daphne at media.berkeley.edu>
>> cell (510)847-0308
>>
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