on the meaning of "the uPortal Layout Manager"

John Norman john at caret.cam.ac.uk
Sun Feb 17 11:39:13 UTC 2008


How about "XXX Composer"

Where XXX might be 'fragment' 'element' 'module' or even 'layout'

Cheap at 2 cents

John

On 14 Feb 2008, at 18:07, Joseph Scheuhammer 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 wholeheartedly agree.  It isn't just for portlets, although that's  
> the
> immediate target.
>
> I have different minor issues with "cell".
>
> I find it easy to stop thinking about the DOM with respect to moving
> these "things" around, and rather in terms of what is on screen.
> Admittedly, those "things" relate to the DOM at some way, but that  
> feels
> like an implementation detail.  The fact that "cell" might be confused
> with a table element "cell" (<td>) is not an issue for me.   Or, it's
> only an issue if we are restricting ourselves to DOM-speak.
>
> The problem I have with "cell", and it's minor, is that the image
> gallery "thumbnails" can been seen as cells too.  But the image
> gallery/lightbox uses the grid layout handler.  In short, "cell" may  
> be
> too generic.
>
>> we could then
>> rename "Column" wherever it occurs in the code to "Cell"
>> ...
>> The name "cell" isn't great since it is possibly open to confusion
>> with the "individual" cells which may be moved around.
> Indeed.  In fact, that's what I thought "cell" meant at first.  I  
> don't
> see the columns as "cells"; rather, "cell" is a replacement for
> "portlet".  Furthermore, the cells are grouped in vertical columns.   
> So,
> perhaps it's a "ColumnLayoutHandler", although that doesn't exactly  
> trip
> off of the tongue.
>
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