Ticket #1055 (closed Enhancement: fixed)

Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

Introduce combined Search/Create widget

Reported by: jri Owned by:
Priority: Major Milestone:
Component: DeepaMehta Standard Distribution Version: 4.8.4
Keywords: Cc: dgf, Malte, JuergeN, irau
Complexity: 8 Area: GUI / Usability
Module: deepamehta-webclient

Description

When doing content (or even type def) authoring with DM you probably know this practice: before creating a thing you often search that thing in order to avoid creating the same thing twice. This suggests DM's general Search and Create functions should be designed in a more integrated way.

This ticket proposes the introduction of a combined Search/Create? widget. It has the potential to completely remove the current separate Search and Create widgets from the Webclient's toolbar, and allows for performing combined search/create operations directly on the topicmap.

It would work like this:

  1. The user (left) clicks an empty spot on the canvas. On the spot an overlay appears containing one single input field.
  1. Typing in the input field immediately triggers DB searches. The resulting topics are displayed as a menu in the overlay.

2.1 Case 1: the user want reveal a result topic. She clicks that topic (in the result list). The topic will be revealed on the topicmap.

2.2 Case 2: there is no result and the user likes to create the searched thing. She selects the proper type from a menu displayed in the overlay (similar to the current Create menu). The topic will be created, with the user input already filled in.

2.3 Case 3: the user want make the current search permanent. She presses a "make search permanent" button (as displayed in the overlay). A Search topic will be created. It acts just like the current Search topic.

In each of the 3 cases the overlay disappears afterwards. Effectively it kind of morphs into either a revealed topic, a created topic, or a Search topic; right at the topicmap, where the initial clicked occurred (step 1.)

Another outcome would be aborting the operation, but in contrast to the other 3 cases this is not an explicit user action. Clicking outside the overlay makes it disappear immediately. Think of the overlay as a menu, opened by the user, but she changed her mind, and want make the menu go away.

The most recent indication for such a widget came up in the course of redesigning the (composite) type builder (see #1045).

The combined search/create widget is inspired by Gerben van den Broeke's work at http://webmemex.org

Change History

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by jri

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

This is basically done in DM5 (under development, see #1080).

The search/create widget is available as a composable Vue.js component, distributed via npm:
https://www.npmjs.com/package/dm5-search-widget

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