Reorderer for Sakai

Gonzalo Silverio gsilver at
Wed Sep 10 18:08:15 UTC 2008


That is the only use case I can think of as well. It is a case of
³highlight/foreground this particular item(s)² If so, not sure this is a
good use of the reorderer, unless it does something above and beyond what
the reorderer is designed for.

Or maybe.... it is a complex use of the reorderer ­ like taking out of one
list (³regular humdrum items²) and putting in a location in another list
(³exciting pulsating items²)?


On 9/10/08 1:52 PM, "Jess Mitchell" <jess at> wrote:

> John,
> 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!
> Best,
> Jess
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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
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