Request for comments on Connectors user interaction
ned at bike-nomad.com
Sat Mar 10 02:18:24 UTC 2001
I'm finally getting around to finishing up the user interaction of the most
complicated bit of the project -- the connectors (lines) themselves. I want
to have them work like Morphs as well as like tools (i.e. click on a
"connect" button, click on the source, click on the destination).
I've posted a (moderately complicated) proposed state diagram on my little
Swiki: at http://nedkonz.dhs.org:8080/Ned/8 (this drawing was done with my
I'd appreciate comments there (or on the list). What I'm trying to balance
* Morphic behavior (don't do anything too wierd)
* Natural, fast user interaction (3 clicks to connect shapes)
I think I can get both this way.
I imagine having "toolbar buttons" (what Alan Cooper calls "buttcons") that
generate a NCConnectorMorph properly initialized and then tell the Connector
There is a bit of oddness here (that you can see in the demos I've been
putting on Bob's Super Swiki) in the Morphic grabbing behavior when neither
end is connected: I make the connector jump so that its start end is where
the mouse pointer is, so you're always dragging the start of the line.
I may be able to get away from that with the startWiring and startWiringFrom:
currently: Stanwood, WA
email: ned at bike-nomad.com
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