on the meaning of "the uPortal Layout Manager"

Michael S Elledge elledge at msu.edu
Thu Feb 14 15:42:17 UTC 2008

Okay, here's a start, not too elegant, but descriptive: Fluid Module 
Organizer, Fluid Layout Tool, or Fluid Portlet Pallet.


Colin Clark wrote:
> 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  
> time.
> Any suggestions for a great name for Fluid's latest component?
> Colin
> 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
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