[xwiki-devs] [Discussion] Customize button for the dashboard

Luca Anca lucaa at xwiki.com
Tue Mar 22 16:26:31 UTC 2011

Hi all,

I've got some suggestions that the current way of editing the dashboard
is not really intuitive (Edit -> Inline Form), and mainly because users
wouldn't necessarily look under "Edit" for a method to change the
dashboard. Also, other users that I've observed, forgot that they need
to go in some edit mode before changing things.

I also agree that without documentation no user would figure out that
editing a dashboard is under Edit -> Inline Form. While editing will
still remain "in inline mode", from the technical pov, we need to
provide a easier way for users to discover this. 

Let's look at the following options:

1/ Add a "Customize" menu entry under edit, in the page menu, as
proposed in the mockups from Cati, a long time ago:
http://incubator.myxwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Improvements/GadgetsDashboard .

2/ Add a "Customize this dashboard" button in the dashboard in view
mode, in the top right corner, something like
http://dev.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/Design/GadgetIntegration/oldDashboardCustomize.png but styled better to integrate with the current dashboard.

3/ Define and implement a mechanism to allow the inline form edit to be
triggered for a document without that document having to include a
document which has an object in it. E.g. as Vincent proposed at one
point, trigger inline mode when an object is present in the current

I should note that solutions 1 and 3 still assume that the user will go
to "Edit" to try to customize the dashboard, which can also be
problematic (I cannot figure it out for sure right now, we need fresh
users or proper UX expertise which I don't have).



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