[Sugar-devel] Is it possible to disable "sharing" for an Activity?

Benjamin M. Schwartz bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Feb 2 19:33:22 EST 2009

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Eben Eliason wrote:
> I think that the addition of a new property in the activity.info file
> would be logical here.  Make it an integer indicating the maximum
> number of supported participants.

OK, but as an Activity author I might like to specify that cap at runtime,
depending on many things, such as the size of the document.  I might even
want to let the initiator choose the number of participants.  I think we
should also have a runtime API, so that the cap that can be varied at any

In fact, it might be nice to have a a generic solution for defining config
variables that can be controlled either statically or at runtime.  We have
mentioned a wide variety of such variables, including things like whether
screen rotation is supported.

> Scott (CC'd) has already come up with some really nice proposals for
> adding VNC as an alternate colaboration mechanism for all activities.
> In my mind, this would work perfectly with the above scheme, whereby
> any activity that already has max_participants in it could be viewed
> in that manner. 

I don't see why any Activity should be excluded from such VNC sharing,
regardless of max_participants.

- --Ben
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