[etoys-dev] Re: popups in project-info
timothy at squeakland.org
Sat Aug 8 08:13:16 EDT 2009
You're incredible! Thank you for this.
On Aug 8, 2009, at 4:55 AM, Scott Wallace wrote:
> Hi, Tim, and all,
> Attached is a fileout providing changes to the project-info dialog
> as requested for the benefit of the "showcase" on Squeakland.org.
> Basically, the "project info" dialog now contains three "enumerated"
> items, "Subject", "Age", and "Region". These three are all governed
> by pop-ups (in local language) rather than by type-ins. The results
> are included in the project manifest.
> Important notes:
> (1) It is essential that this be filed in to an image updated at
> least through update 2246PolygonFix-kfr. If filed in to an earlier
> image, subsequently loading updates will clobber some of the changes
> provided here.
> (2) Yoshiki is also modifying code in the EToyProjectDetailsMorph
> area in this same time-frame, so integration is likely to be
> necessary before our two fileouts are published.
> (3) There are a few obvious rough edges which someone may wish to
> tweak, though I don't know of any show-stoppers. For example, this
> has always been an English-only dialog, but now that the field names
> are localized, there may be layout issues in some languages (once
> translations are available.) Also, for the pop-up fields, if
> they've never been set they show as blank, whereas once they've been
> set to "(none)" (equivalent to blank) they show the text "(none)".
> Probably we should always show "(none)" when values for these three
> popups have not been supplied. Also, since some of the fields are
> now type-in and some are pop-ups, perhaps some UI convention (slight
> color difference?) should be used to hint at whether a field
> functions as a type-in or a pop-up.
> (4) This turned out to involve quite a bit of code, most of it
> written with a fever and at very late hours. So there's the
> distinct possibility of errors. I did test it briefly and it seemed
> to work as I expected. HOWEVER: it really needs verification by
> someone else.
> (5) The Preamble (please read if planning to test or use):
> Change Set: projectInfoPopUps-sw
> Date: 8 August 2009
> Author: Scott Wallace
> Changes to the project-info dialog, in support of new data desired
> for the 'showcase' on squeakland.org:
> - 'Sub-Category' removed.
> - Subject, Age, and Region are added as pop-ups.
> - Choices for Subject, Age, Region popups, and corresponding codes,
> obtainable from web-site.
> - Project manifest now includes Age, Subject (category,) and Region
> info. The codes are strings of numbers, e.g. '554' as a Subject
> code means 'Language Arts'
> (look in #defaultAgeTriplets, #defaultSubjectTriplets,
> #defaultRegionTriplets on class-side of EToyProjectDetailsMorph.)
> - Names of fields are presented to the user in localized form.
> - Choices for values of pop-up fields are presented to the user in
> localized form.
> - There is support provided for obtaining up-to-date lists of the
> subject, age, and region alternatives from the web site (see
> EToyProjectDetailsMorph class updateTripletsFromWebSite) but it is
> not actually called at this point, out of concern for potential for
> long delay if connection to web site is slow.
> - The *region* codes are at present *not* obtained from the web-site
> (even when the user explicitly calls #updateTripletsFromWebSite,)
> but rather a 'fake' set of regions, basically the continents, is
> provided. This is probably temporary. We have no reasonable way to
> confront the user with a pop-up showing 250 choices.
> However, as per Tim's request, I have made it a point to include
> Antarctica in the region list. (Tim: look at method
> #defaultRegionTriplets for the current point of departure, if you
> want to adopt that, temporarily at least, on the web site. And/or
> of course change any defaults as needed.
> -- Scott
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