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Re: [Gnumed-devel] icons needed for sorting documents

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] icons needed for sorting documents
Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 23:13:45 +0200
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On Mon, May 08, 2006 at 12:44:56PM -0700, Jim Busser wrote:

Can we collect this in the Wiki ?  ;-)

> These would benefit from unification. Elements could
> include a background item
The basic idea of sorting could be transported by a stack of
(3) pages overlapping each other. The first one would
contain a few horizontal lines of different lengths
signifying words printed on it. The visible overlap would
contain the numbers 1-3 in order. This can often be seen in
printing dialogs.

> a foreground object specific to the type of sort.
> some options could be ambiguous
Something would need to be added to convey the sort *mode*:

>>- by age (newest floats to the top)
A symbolic calendar ?

>>- by review status (unreviewed to the top)
A checked checkbox ? Or some sort of stylized signature with
question mark ?

>>- by episode (IOW, problem) (alphabetically)
> For the episodes, maybe some kind of branch-tree?

> The "current" sort state might be denoted by a drop-shadow (four  
> "forms" per item").
The label of the root node includes the current sort mode :-)

> Will documents default to any sort order? Will "unsorted" be a  
> possible state?
No as this would result in a completely random "order": The
documents are pulled from the database. One of the
fundamental properties of a (relational) database (such as
PostgreSQL) is that there is *no intrinsic order* to any set
of rows from a table. Note that this random "order" could
and *will* change from query to query. Eg. calling up the
documents now and this afternoon is likely to produce
*different* "orders" ...

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