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[REBOL] informal /View desktop survey

From: jason::cunliffe::verizon::net at: 6-Sep-2002 15:02

I'd love to hear what other rebolers think about View/Desktop. What's best/worst about it? How much do you use it? What would like to improve? New features? Is it being surpassed by wikiblogs+xmlrpc/rss/soap ideas? ??? When I first downloaded REBOL/View, I was thrilled especially by the View/Desktop and the potential for a networked community of rebsites. But as time went by I found I stopped using it. I feel it is a great prototype design.. but needs work imo. I do not think it can succeed until some issues are addressed. RT are focused on IOS. Perhaps it is a lot of work to improve View, perhaps not. My impression is that needs a design document describing improvements, how and why. And marking those which are within easy reach as opposed to the hard ones. There are likely all sorts of scripts out there now which can be used to improve Desktop. Like many aspects of REBOL, there is so much untapped potential already, just using existing tools and characteristics more intelligently. What do you think? What can we do about it? - search hard to find things/scripts/sites with it. google is blind to it - presentation one issue is that it only presents rebsites + content as icons. With small numbers this is fine, but the interface soon becomes a victim of its own success. To handle larger numbers one needs the option to present content as lists. Filters for type, metadata, date, source, size etc.. All standard features in multimedia browsers, but also ones which REBOL could enhance easily. - history/memory/documentary hard to see what's new, changed, off-line, deleted, ... This a big time waster. It should not be hard for Desktop to get status and provide some graphic feedback upfront about access [colored typestyle or similar]. - annotate + share so you find some cool stuff - what's the best way to add metadata, notes and structure this? blogs and wikis have shown the value and interest of dynamic web publishing. What can Desktop learn from them, and vice-versa? How can it be integrated with a wikiblog system like Vanilla? ./Jason