[Testing] regarding saving option in write activity
mikus at bga.com
Tue Mar 30 09:45:59 EDT 2010
> I questioned about the saving two documents with same name and different contents in write activity
When running the Write activity, click on the 'Activity' tab - that will
show you a name input field in the top left edge. The intent is that
the _user_ will type in text to distinguish *this* instance of using
Write. If the user now clicks on the "Keep" icon (2nd from right in the
top edge (when in 'Activity' tab)), the entry placed in Journal for
*this* instance of using Write will be identified with the name shown in
the above-described input field. That will allow the user to
distinguish (in the Journal) *this* instance of using Write, from all
other instances (in the Journal) of using Write.
[If you know what you want it to say, you can anytime click on the text
(i.e., name) line in an entry in Journal, and type in replacement text -
just make sure that what you enter is appropriate to *that * instance.]
When the user clicks on the (octagonal) "Stop" icon (when in 'Activity'
tab), a "Name this entry" input panel ought to be displayed. The
explicit purpose of this panel is to help the user "look up" afterwards
what he is now saving. The first input field on the "Name this entry"
panel reproduces the name input field described in the first paragraph -
it gives the user one last chance to make sure that the name (appearing
in the Journal entry) of *this* instance of using the Activity is
different from the names for other instances of using the Activity.
In addition, the "Name this entry" panel contains a text input area
labeled "Description". It may be used for any purpose, but one idea is
that the user can here enter notes to himself about why he was using the
activity, and what the saved document means to him. [Later, when
looking at the Journal, the user can click on the little arrow at the
right end of the Journal entry -- and will be shown everything
previously entered on the "Name this entry" panel (from when that entry
was placed in the Journal). That would remind the user of the purpose
for which *this* instance of the activity's output was kept.
The "Name this entry" panel also contains a text area labeled "Tags".
Although it too may be used for any purpose, the thought here was that
the user could enter (meaningful) _keywords_ to help him locate *this*
instance. [For example, if in the document created by Write the user
refers to "allowance", and if it is important to the user to be able to
identify those Journal entries referring to "allowance", then (when
saving that document) the user ought to enter "allowance" (without
quotes) as one of the items in the "Tags" area of "Name this entry".]
As you can see, the intent in Sugar is that the _user_ will enter unique
identification when saving two different documents (or two different
versions of the same document).
> I'll be thankful if you can focus your attention more on this
The basic idea behind the Journal is that it allows access to
information by "what is it?" (self-describing), rather than by "where
did I put it?" (something up to the user to remember). So the person
who has used 'Write activity' twice, putting the results in Journal
without indicating what was different between those two instances,
*will* get confused when later trying to "look up" what he had done.
The designers of Journal thought people would distinguish something done
an hour ago from something done a day ago - that is why entries in
Journal are listed by "when most recently used". [Note: if you create
a document yesterday, and look at the Journal today - that entry will
show as yesterday's - but if you now open that same entry, and save -
that same entry will show as today's ("when most recently used").]
The Journal is designed to provide quick selection of the information an
user is interested in. When word(s) are typed in the search field (at
top left of Journal View), Journal will display only those entries whose
"Name" or "Description" or "Tags" contain any of those search words.
[Thus, when the person saving a document has ensured that adequate
information about the document has been included, it becomes easy to
find that document again (from among all other documents in Journal).]
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