This page contains other ideas for the new Notes Functionality for e.g. usability improvements, organizing the notes, or advanced text editing functions. These topics can be discussed, if you like. At the moment we want to make sure that no idea is lost (besides the information already available in the issues).
|2007-05-01||christophnoack||Chat-like Icons||New||Do not only use colors or text to indicate the notes' author. It would be nice to enhance this information by a little picture of the author like in chat programs. Implementation Example: Today, many systems provide pictures for the entries in the adress book of the user. This adresss book can be accessed by other programs (e.g. Evolution Data Server in Gnome). Use the pictures of the address book entries.|
|2007-05-01||christophnoack||Draw/Impress||New||The icon for "Shadow" in OpenOffice.org Draw looks very similar to a yellow note (at least in Ubuntu Linux 7.04). This icon which represents a yellow box with shade should be changed if we plan to re-implement the Notes Functionality in Draw or Impress.|
|2007-05-01||christophnoack||Status Icons||New||Use small icons in the notes window to indicate special status (e.g. priority, work status, digitally signed).|
|2007-05-12||christophnoack||Colors||New|| Same Colors for The Same Authors
|2007-05-07||cj||“Handwritten Notes”||New||Use some kind of additional layer inside the Writer to display notes on top of the document. This would enable a more “direct” handling of notes information.|
|2007-05-13||christophnoack||Notes Property Data (Missing User Data)||Rejected|| In many cases, the user do not complete the form of the user data (Extra – Options – General). Then, we do not have sufficient information to display the author's name inside the notes.
Status: The idea has been rejected, or better, implementation example 2 will be used. The discussion take place on 2008-04-28 via email between mod and christophnoack.
|2007-05-13||christophnoack||Notes Property Data (Select Author)||New|| My friend of mine told me, that she wished to choose the authors name in the actual document. I don't like the idea, but I have to admit that in many cases, the people do not login with different user names and therefore do have the same user ID for the notes. This may be true even for small business users.
|2007-05-01||Issues||Sort And Filter Notes||New|| Sorting and filtering of notes information on the basis of user defined criteria. This has been a request in several issues.
At the moment there exist two main ideas with its own advantages and disadvantages:
Please note that this are really early mockups which are primarily intended to show the general idea!
|2007-05-01||Issues||Task Management||New|| Notes often contain information on remaining tasks inside the document (e.g. “re-structure this section“). From experience, many users do not delete these kind of notes when they finish the task. Or, the users want to have an overview on the remaining tasks inside the document. But how to deal with that? Maybe it would be nice to provide a small (!!!) task management. Insert a small task management with e.g.
|2007-05-03||christophnoack||Reply to Note||Implementation Started|| If a several users work on one document, they want to respond to other people's notes information. Currently, they are forced to create another note (which does not have any information that it is related to another note) or they edit the original note (Problem 1: What to do with the notes property data like author and time/date?; Problem 2: This is not possible if e.g. a note is digitally signed). It would be nice to provide some functionality to reply to somebodies note (also mentioned in Issue 6193, zerohalo Wed Aug 22 2007).
The following image shows two replies to each the previous note:
Some thoughts concerning the previous mockup:
Reply to Note contains more information how it will be implemented.
|2007-05-06||christophnoack||Automatically Create Notes Information||New||Automatically create a note when other content gets inserted in the current document. It could be used to provide information on the source document, e.g. “Diagram was inserted by Wai Lin on 06/03/2008. Name of the source document is StealthCoating.xls which was created by Elliot Carver.”|
|2007-05-06||christophnoack||AutoAbstract for Notes||New||Enhance the auto abstract function to send a question concerning one or several notes inside the document. Use Case: The current editor (Joe) of the document has some question concerning a special topic inside the document or a note which has been inserted by another author (Sarah). Joe clicks on “ask Sarah via email” inside the notes option menu and Writer creates an email which already includes the notes text and the document text which surrounds the current note. Joe adds his special question and sends the email.|
|2007-05-06||christophnoack||AutoAbstract for Notes||New||Realize or enhance an auto-abstract-functionality for the notes (similar to the already existing auto-abstract for the document text). It could be used to extract the notes user data (text) and the document text which surrounds the notes anchor.|
|2007-10-12||christophnoack||Referring by Using Hyperlinks||New||
Referring from one note to each other by using Hyperlinks.
Example: Lets have a note at position A and a note at position B (in another section). But how to represent the note? Should we draw a Note Connector Line from position B to A (not really obvious and clear) or should we provide the a Notes Window with the same content (this is something the user does not find in the real world, because he does not write on one sheet of paper and on another one the content changes too).
Proposal: So my proposal would be to just "link" from one note to another note. Think about something like a hyperlink which could easily be added from the e.g. the Navigator which - even today - features creating links from objects (e.g. drag-and-drop). Okay, this may require some additional work for the user (cross-reference both notes), but provides much more flexibility for other tasks. The biggest advantage is, that it would make use of a concept that is already available in Writer.
The text was taken from Discussion of Notes2.
|2008-04-27||christophnoack||Change Tracking Integration||New|| The idea shows one rough proposal how the change tracking feature may be integrated into the Notes functionality.
When the project Notes2 was started, it has been decided to not consider the change tracking functionality, although it is related to the Notes - from the user's point of view. This makes it hard now, to implement a "sane" behavior.
After a little bit more thinking it seems that this is a bit overkill and we should try to reduce the overall amount of interaction elements (buttons). Maybe this is a good idea to think about "sliding" buttons which only appear if the mouse pointer hovers the Change Tracking Window. Maybe...
|2008-10-13||mr_jay_01||Select Notes Window Color for Special Authors||New|| Briefly: User's preferred notes window color
In details: In extension to the "Same Colors for The Same Authors" idea, it could be interesting for a user to be able to chose his/her prefered notes window color in the OOo options (among the 9 currently available colors). Therefore, whatever authors edited the document and in whatever sequence, and independently of the document being opened, the user could set that his/her notes should always be displayed in the same color.
During a course, people asked me for this. Sophie Gautier told me other people / companies have asked for this too.
Moreover, could this be extended to the change tracking functionality? And could this concern Calc notes, too?
Memo: I added this idea without creating an enhancement issue, nor speaking about this with people, nor thinking about the technical issues it could lead to. The goal is to write the idea down, so it would not be lost. Please tell me if I have to do something else to raise this evolution idea.
|2009-04-26||christophnoack||Move the Position/Range of the Notes Anchor||New||
Some people request functionality to change the position or the (future) area of the Notes Anchor afterwards. For them, the solution of copy and paste of Notes' content seems insufficient. Sources:
Further design proposals:
If this feature gets integrated, then there are many use cases to think about. Example: What to do if somebody changes the position of an other author's note? The Note Anchor position is an integral part of the meta information the original author wanted to add.