Moving and copying "items"

11 Oct 2007 - 12:30pm
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beril guvendik
2006

I'm trying to find an easy to use and easy to figure out way to move or
copy items around in a web application. For example, in a document
sharing application where there are different folder hierarchies, what
would be the best way of moving a document from one folder into another.

I've seen some applications which use a "Cut and Paste" method where you
select the item or items you wish to move via a checkbox, click on a Cut
button and then browse to the destination folder and click on "Paste"
button. I have previously designed multi page wizards where the user
would select one or more items and click on a Move button and be taken
to a second screen where they could specify the destination folder and
finish the move.

My question is, has anyone used an application which has a good solution
for moving and copying things? Does anyone have strong opinions about
the two different approaches I described above?

I am trying to figure out if there's a good way to tackle this without
going into the whole drag and drop AJAX interfaces (nothing wrong with
that except that engineers will probably say "not enough time") :)

Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Beril

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11 Oct 2007 - 12:39pm
Chris Borokowski
2007

No AJAX?

Each file on the left has three icons by it: move, copy, edit. Select
first item, click move, and it opens a completely directory listing in
an IFRAME to the right. Clicking any directory places the document.

--- beril guvendik <berilguvendik at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am trying to figure out if there's a good way to tackle this
> without
> going into the whole drag and drop AJAX interfaces (nothing wrong
> with
> that except that engineers will probably say "not enough time") :)

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11 Oct 2007 - 1:18pm
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

That sounds like a good solution, except I don't think you need to go
for an iframe, this could be done with a single document and divs.

Also, if your engineers/devs are telling you there's not enough time
to implement an ajax-ish solution either they're too slow or something
is wrong with the time estimate for the project.. ajax is not
complicated to implement.. especially if you use one of the great
javascript libraries out there mootools is my pick, but there's also
prototype, jquery, dojo, yui, and more.

On 10/11/07, Chris Borokowski <athloi at yahoo.com> wrote:
> No AJAX?
>
> Each file on the left has three icons by it: move, copy, edit. Select
> first item, click move, and it opens a completely directory listing in
> an IFRAME to the right. Clicking any directory places the document.
>
> --- beril guvendik <berilguvendik at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I am trying to figure out if there's a good way to tackle this
> > without
> > going into the whole drag and drop AJAX interfaces (nothing wrong
> > with
> > that except that engineers will probably say "not enough time") :)
>

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11 Oct 2007 - 4:49pm
erin malone
2004

Have you considered using parts of the YUI to accommodate this. The code for Drag and Drop already exists and is extremely configurable. Your developers wouldn't have to start from scratch - thereby negating the "not enough time" complaint.

Here is the direct link: http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/dragdrop/

There is a pattern for drag and drop as well - http://developer.yahoo.com/ypatterns/pattern.php?pattern=dragdropmodules

Erin

Erin Malone
photographer | designer
www.erinmalone.com

----- Original Message ----
From: beril guvendik <berilguvendik at gmail.com>
To: IxDA <discuss at ixda.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 11:30:47 AM
Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Moving and copying "items"

I'm trying to find an easy to use and easy to figure out way to move or

copy items around in a web application. For example, in a document
sharing application where there are different folder hierarchies, what
would be the best way of moving a document from one folder into
another.

I've seen some applications which use a "Cut and Paste" method where
you
select the item or items you wish to move via a checkbox, click on a
Cut
button and then browse to the destination folder and click on "Paste"
button. I have previously designed multi page wizards where the user
would select one or more items and click on a Move button and be taken
to a second screen where they could specify the destination folder and
finish the move.

My question is, has anyone used an application which has a good
solution
for moving and copying things? Does anyone have strong opinions about
the two different approaches I described above?

I am trying to figure out if there's a good way to tackle this without
going into the whole drag and drop AJAX interfaces (nothing wrong with
that except that engineers will probably say "not enough time") :)

Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Beril

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