on the meaning of "the uPortal Layout Manager"

Colin Clark colin.clark at utoronto.ca
Thu Feb 14 15:28:18 UTC 2008

Agreed. We totally need a good name for this new component. Here's a  
super-brief summary of what it does:

"It" provides an accessible means of changing the layout of content  
modules using drag and drop or the keyboard. In the case of uPortal,  
it provides a means of reorganizing the order and positioning of  
portlets, respecting the concepts of locking and precedence. We see it  
as also very useful in a learning environment, where instructors or  
students may want to reorganize page layouts based on curriculum or  

Any suggestions for a great name for Fluid's latest component?


On 14-Feb-08, at 9:23 AM, Anastasia Cheetham wrote:

> 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
> Manager."
> 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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Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

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