Reorderer for Sakai

Jess Mitchell jess at
Wed Sep 10 17:52:50 UTC 2008


I wondered the same thing and then in a meeting with Gonzalo I blurted  
out the following:
I can imagine the case where you have announcements listed in order of  
entry, but you want to prioritize one announcement out of its  
chronological entry.  Rather than having to enter the announcement  
again, you can just drag it to the top of the list.

Think of the "to-dos" in iCal (if you happen to use iCal).  I can drag  
them into a "priority" of listing from top to bottom in addition to  
assigning them a priority.  I imagine the same top to bottom priority  
would be useful in announcements?

I've no idea if this is what John L. had in mind and quite frankly, if  
it is a use case, then it's my first!


Jess Mitchell
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On Sep 10, 2008, at 1:21 PM, John Norman wrote:

> 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
>> cell (510)847-0308
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