Reorderer family of components

John Norman john at
Wed Sep 10 17:21:05 UTC 2008

Is there a use case or usage scenario for this work? John Leasia  
mentioned it in passing the other day and I was a bit mystified as to  
why one might want to reorder announcements. I guessed you might be  
using the grid layout to create an experience similar to pinning a  
notice to a notice board, but it seems not. The only other thing I can  
think of is if you have a fixed size list (say 5 announcements) and  
there are 7 recent announcements, you might want to juggle the list so  
the most important ones appear.

Have I missed something?

"Curious from Cambridge"

On 10 Sep 2008, at 01:26, Daphne Ogle wrote:

> Hi there,
> As I start design for the reorderer in the context of Sakai's
> announcements tool, I realize I'm not sure where the work should live
> in the wiki which leads me to where does it fall in the "family of
> components" for the reorderer.   I think our naming convention could
> use some work and since I need a place to put design work around this
> new context it's forcing the issue.
> The reorderer itself doesn't have an interface and thus there isn't
> any UX design in it's space on the wiki.  So then we have the lightbox
> and the layout customizer which use the reorderer.  This new context
> seems to be at the same level as the lightbox and the layout
> customizer -- offsprings of the reorderer.  So what to call this new
> offspring or is it really the same as one of the existing?  Although
> the lightbox and the reordering of announcements both use the "Drag
> and Drop - list ordering design pattern" they are different user
> experiences with one moving thumbnails and the other more like rows in
> a table or a list.  So, I believe this new context it's own child.
> And with the 3rd on the way, I think it's time for some clearer naming
> of our family.
> Here's a suggestion that is more closely aligned with our naming for
> the inline edit family but I would love to hear other thoughts (my
> suggestion is quite boring!).
> Family name:  Reorderers
> Children:
> Thumbnail reorderer (formerly known as the lightbox)
> List reorderer
> Layout reorderer ( or we could stick with "layout customizer" as it
> sounds better and is clearer but then it wouldn't match it's siblings
> names :))
> What do you all think?
> Daphne Ogle
> Senior Interaction Designer
> University of California, Berkeley
> Educational Technology Services
> daphne at
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