Saturday, May 20, 2006



r-echos



Inside the side bar a sort of micromap of the page has been inserted; it works as follow:

- the color are representative of catageroies, it gives a glimpse of the repartition of the topics on the page , with no clear indications about what the topic is (point to work around and fix)
- on roll over, if an image is present in the post, it's displayed along with the title of the post
- by clicking on the expanded coloured surface you expand the corresponding article on the left

The ideas it brings: The multi-categorised post should possess many colours, or - maybe - a gradient fill. The tags used for each post could modify the hue of the post as well - but on a more subtle way (there it needs a kind of semantic bundles of tags - à la delicious). Also it needs a more restrictive set of rules to distinct and establish colour's categories.
The access to the information leads almost directly to the researched article's page because of the link directly on the title - might be a good idea to move the link to the post inside the layer, and use the javascript which extend the layer there as well, instead. The sidebar should follow the scroll, meta information should be removed from it and transfered to a place right under the Header (where there's already 3 of them recently displaced) - in an unique layer which would be opened/close and populated by some h2 button in the sidebar; the sidebar remaining a simplenavigation tool with no content at all inside.
On another hand, an ajax-like interface might be usefull to populate article on the fly instead of (hard) loading everything from the beginning. This might allow the interface to incorporate much more articles at once. The sidebar could then remains permanent and host some specific tools - like note taking, bookmarking, etc.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

r-echos v0.3 b / a color adventure in an electronic presence



r-echos v0.3 b / a color adventure in an electronic presence

an ongoing experiment around mapping the topics constituting the base ground structure of th incoming info_hub projects leaded r-echos in a slight redesign.

First:
no more black and white for the title, but rather using colors which lets identify the subject/topic/category. Possible feature would be to have more color organisations - thinking about a stronger system. At the moment it's a very simple hack in the r-echos theme based on the id of the main category of the post.

Second:
no more complete view of the whole content in the page, this should clarify the whole thing and allow a different perception of the activity.

Third:
as image consequently disapeared - installed a simple preview of the first image inside the post. This feauture is at a very early stage.

Planned development:

More on the category/color relationship

Making tags visible - the same way as colors, maybe the tags colors could influence the category color.
ie: a blueish/redish grey, would say same category but different amount of tags. This would need a semantic approach of tags (del.icio.us' bundles)

Mapping the category, evolution of topics through time (zeitgeist), simple preview of page in the top, no more right handed menu, but rather a bunch of links that would push content in the dedicated placeholder - the one right under the banner.

Connection with the spiderbot project - automation of content discovery through keywords lists. Development of filters for information retrieval in the various tools already in use. Experimenting with new ones. Conducing specific research for tools that might be of any help.