on the meaning of "the uPortal Layout Manager"

Anastasia Cheetham a.cheetham at utoronto.ca
Thu Feb 14 14:23:41 UTC 2008

On 13-Feb-08, at 8:09 PM, Andrew Petro wrote:

> I'm a little worried about calling the UI-layer user preferences
> facilities, the Fluid component, etc. "the uPortal Layout Manager".

Andrew, you raise a good point, and I'll say outright that we don't  
have any problem at all with NOT referring to it as a "uPortal Layout  

In fact, we don't really have any official name for it, and I've been  
trying to come up with one. Technically, we have the Reorderer working  
in concert with a PortletLayoutHandler. (The LayoutHandler is  
responsible for the specifics of the spatial layout of whatever is  
being reordered. Fluid also has a ListLayoutHandler and a  
GridLayoutHandler, for example.)

> what's being tested is the "user
> layout preferences UI".

I'm not sure this is entirely accurate either, because it's not really  
dealing with preferences - at least, not what I think of as  
preferences. I think of preferences as a collection of settings - but  
I could probably be convinced otherwise :-)

I've been thinking of it in my head as a "Portlet Reorderer" which  
doesn't sound very elegant to me.

Any other suggestions, anyone?

Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at utoronto.ca
Software Designer, Fluid Project           fluidproject.org
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto

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