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

Jerome Velociter jerome at xwiki.com
Tue Mar 22 16:43:00 UTC 2011

On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 5:26 PM, Luca Anca <lucaa at xwiki.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've got some suggestions that the current way of editing the dashboard
> is not really intuitive (Edit -> Inline Form),

That should be only true for advanced users, and regular users should
just have to press "edit". Otherwise that's inconsistent with the way
"inline" mode means for other pages. Which would be wrong in my
opinion, and edit -> customize would be more suited.

Otherwise, I'm not a big fan of the "customize this dashboard"
message, button. Maybe a gear symbol with "customize this dashboard"
as alt / title would work. But the button should remain very light if
any I think.


> 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
> document.
> 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).
> Thanks,
> Anca
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