On Fri, December 21, 2007 7:53 am, Brian Matherly wrote:
>> Committed to trunk (version 9552) you'll find a
>> couple of QuickReports
>> (siblings and all_events) that display their data in
>> tables, and also have
>> their rows clickable, and/or double-clickable. For
>> example, going to a row
>> with a person's name will change the active person,
>> and double-clicking
>> will bring up that person for editing, and
>> double-clicking an event will
>> bring it up for editing.
> You have made me a little bit nervous with this
> change. Gramps has been built around the following
> convention: "Views" are for navigating data, "Editors"
> are for changing data, and "Reports" are for getting
> data out of Gramps (to be printed, e-mailed, etc).
> What you have done mixes a "view" with a "report". I'm
> not saying what you did was wrong, but I want to make
> sure we are aware of this.
Yes, completely aware. And also aware that this might cause some initial
nervousness, and thus the heads-up posting.
> I have never really been thrilled about the term
> "Quick Report". You can't really print or save the
> quick reports. It isn't a great way to get information
> OUT of Gramps. The only thing you can do is copy them
> to the clipboard - and that isn't even true for all of
> them now that you have added tables.
> I wonder if a better name would be "Quick View". That
> would bring them closer in line to the convention I
> described above.
> What do other people think? Am I just being picky, or
> is this important?
I, too, think names of things are extremely important. But, I also think
that we shouldn't let the name of something be a reason for restricting
its usefulness or functionality (unless it causes confusion or problems).
For this reason, perhaps you shouldn't try to name it just yet. I am
planning to make these Quick Things be:
1) text-selectable for copying
2) printable (and/or exportable)
3) navigational (ie, provides GUI functionality)
I don't think that these three functions will confuse anyone. After all,
HTML does all three and people seem to deal with that just fine.
I hope to do this to more views/reports in GRAMPS. But, I will not do
anything that goes against the tide, and final decision of course rests
with you. I just ask that you try it, and see if you like it better than
just unformatted, static text.
And thank you,