Tweaks to Glossing
Glossing Right now, to add a gloss, you need to click "Content">"Add Content">"Gloss," and you are taken to a separate screen. Is there a way that an icon can be placed within the text itself, that the reader can click on and go straight into adding a gloss? It's easy to forget the title of the essay once you wind up on the "Create Gloss" screen, which means you have to close that screen and start over. The separateness is also problematic when it comes to editing the gloss, because you have to sort of hunt for it in the Content list. (Although I realize now what I didn't realize when I was talking to you, Joe: you can filter the content so that only "glosses" appear. This in of itself doesn't seem like too much to ask of editors.) On the actual glossing screen, I think parentheticals need to be added to clarify what each field signifies, or the names of the fields tweaked: Title (Title of Blurb)* Author (Author of Blurb) Essay (could this somehow be populated automatically based on what essay you were clicking from? this would solve some of the separateness issue) Path (as Sandy noted, this is the really confusing part. I would say just make this say "Paragraph in Which the Blurb Should Appear," but A. it seems too much to ask our readers to count paragraphs and B. the nodes don't exactly match up with the paragraphs anyway. How do we fix this?) *Regarding titles of glosses, Joe suggested that these might take a common form; if it is designed to refer to another source, like the one I just added to the White essay, then it might take the form of the author of the piece and the author of the reference (like: "White, Shavers"). If it's designed to refer to a concept, then it might take the form of a keyword, like Joe's recent gloss, "Early Holopoetry." Are there any other logics we should come up with? Perhaps these can added to the instructions on the Gloss page. Also, Joe suggested that these blurb titles should be incorporated into the searchable keywords of the essay itself. Regarding who can add glosses: The "permissions" of the "Reviewer" need to be tweaked so that they can add glosses, correct? Also, I believe that we had decided that any reader who is at least logged in can add glosses (and that, once you had a gloss approved by an editor, you could then become a peer reviewer.) So the "permissions" of registered user need to be tweaked so they can add glosses, too, correct? Any other tweaks like this? EB: this is a usability matter that will be addressed in the redesign.