Ontology Browser as a non-modal palette
5. I still think we should display the current drop-down term
selection as a panel in the right-hand side portion of the editor
(where the plain old metadata is viewed now). There are multiple
reasons for this: (a) currently when it is viewed as a drop down it
hides the table (i.e., what we are trying to annotate); (b) it
prohibits any kind of static interaction with the component, e.g., i
can't search it or look through it without performing an annotation;
and (c) I think we could add more features to the panel to make it
easier to search and see search results if it were a static widget on
the canvas, as opposed to a drop down. I think we could make this
context sensitive, but not "focus stealing". So, e.g., if I were to
click on the <characteristic> in the madlib, i'd only see active in
the "ontology palette" the characteristic portion.
#1 Updated by ben leinfelder over 10 years ago
1. Drag and Drop
-class can be selected from the tree and dragged to a:
-madlib field (Column Annotation tab)
-annotation table cell (Full Annotation tab)
-class cannot be dropped into an incompatible field (Entity subclass into a MeasurementStandard subclass, for instance)
-click on a [madlib/table] field to select it
-browse the ontology tree to choose the class you want for that selected field
-class in the field changes each time you choose a different class in the tree
-navigating away from the [madlib/table] field saves whatever class was last chosen
-browse to your heart's content in the tree
-click on the [madlib/table] field you want to apply the currently selected class to
-will only set the class if it makes sense (subclass of the proper OBOE class)
-be careful where you click next?
#2 Updated by ben leinfelder over 10 years ago
bowers: what if instead of or in addition to drag and drop, it worked more palette like
[12:27pm] bowers: in the sense that
[12:27pm] bowers: when you click in a box, e.g., in a mad lib
[12:28pm] bowers: when you select a concept in the tree, it fills in the box
[12:30pm] benMac: then you'd just have to be sure to "un click" on the madlib field when you were done so as not to inadvertently change the class as you navigate in the ontology browser
[12:31pm] benMac: there's no - and forgive the Harry Potter reference - "mischief managed" button
[12:35pm] bowers: yeah -- another way to do it would be to add a button in the palette called "set class" or "set term"
[12:36pm] bowers: then you click the in a box, select a term, then click "set term"
[12:36pm] bowers: this would seem to solve many of the issues you are raising (which are good ones)
[12:39pm] bowers: another extension to this would be to also have a simpler drop down box for the madlibs
[12:39pm] bowers: this one would react to typing in some terms
[12:39pm] bowers: like gmail style
[12:40pm] bowers: in fact, gmail has both: a way to drag and drop tags and a way to do tags drop-down style
[12:44pm] benMac: how much simpler of a drop down? flat?
[1:18pm] bowers: yeah, flat list w/ a scroll bar -- so it is of a fixed size
#3 Updated by ben leinfelder over 10 years ago
We are newly-recommitted to this approach - it will replace the current "drop down" style ontology browser. The state of the palette will be determined by the focus on/off different class selection widgets. It will remain drag-able (the classes) and can be repositioned as needed.
Initially it will be docked as the current browser is (in a tab), but will soon be free and floating about.
#4 Updated by ben leinfelder over 10 years ago
Almost there with the floating dialog palette...looking good with preliminary work at least.
A few issues/todos:
-need to differentiate between the "last" position that the palette appeared because it was moved there by a user's action or simply because it popped up under a different selection field. We want to "know" when they've moved it vs. not.
-close operation on the dialog window should have the same behavior as hiding the popup with an ESC key press
-since this is a non-modal dialog it ends up going behind the modal search window and is completely inactive. So it appears that you can't have a non-modal dialog as a child of a modal dialog? Maybe I should leave the old drop-down style browser for the search window? Maybe there is a way to have the mixed modal windows play nice. More investigation/thought is needed. The search isn't the only place where these class selection widgets (and popups) are used. The "annotate current column..." interface also has this modal issue.
#6 Updated by ben leinfelder over 10 years ago
The only other thing I can think to add to this is that it not close unless you hit the close button on the window. Currently it will close when you double click a class to select it and set it in the field that opened it, or when you click on a field (focus change). It also never shows all the classes in the loaded ontologies (like the browser in the docked tab does).
#8 Updated by ben leinfelder over 10 years ago
Now the palette remains open. When a different field is clicked, the contents change to match (filter class and selected class).
The search field is on the browser - it is not forward looking and works much better (conveniently responds to hitting "enter" to initiate the search).
There's also a "Select" button on the bottom of the palette that will "move" the selected class to the field being edited (same as double clicking or clicking and dragging).