on the meaning of "the uPortal Layout Manager"

erin yu erin.yu at utoronto.ca
Thu Feb 14 17:01:28 UTC 2008


To me, it's a thing that allows you to "shuffle those sections  
around" ...

Portlet Shuffler?
Section Shuffler?

That was my two cents... obviously I like the word "shuffle" :)



On 14-Feb-08, at 11:06 AM, Anastasia Cheetham wrote:

>
> On 14-Feb-08, at 10:40 AM, Antranig Basman wrote:
>
>> I think the whole association of the component with "portlets" at all
>> is somewhat unfortunate and I would like to see it banished from the
>> code.
>
> I agree wholeheartedly.
>
>> My suggestion is calling it the "Cellular Layout Manager", to go
>> alongside the "List" and "Grid" layout managers.
>
> Hm... 'cellular' sounds a bit biological to me :-)
>
>> .. we could then
>> rename "Column" wherever it occurs in the code to "Cell" and then
>> also rid ourselves of this persistent "up/down" "left/right"
>> coupling (although perhaps it is helpful to coders when visualising
>> what they are writing).
>
> Unless I'm misunderstanding what you mean when you say "up/down left/
> right coupling" (which is entirely possible!) I don't think it's
> reasonable to try and get rid of it. A prime purpose of this code is
> to provide keyboard accessibility, and the keyboard functionality is
> based on up/down and left/right movements.
>
> Am I misunderstanding you?
>
>> The name "cell" isn't great since it is possibly open to confusion
>> with the "individual" cells which may be moved around.
>
> It also may be confused with table cells, which is inaccurate in that
> it is too restrictive.
>
>> If we keep talking of this in terms of portlets, the virtually
>> limitless potential of this new component I fear may be
>> perpetually obscured :P
>
> Agreed.
>
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> Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at utoronto.ca
> Software Designer, Fluid Project           fluidproject.org
> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto
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