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Re: [Gnumed-devel] wishlist Waiting list edit area for comment

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] wishlist Waiting list edit area for comment
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:41:09 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 01:05:30PM -0700, Jim Busser wrote:

> Hi, can we make the Comment area able to visibly support
> 3-4 lines worth of text entry (I would even suggest
> consuming half the vertical space) instead of just 1 line?


This is the perfect example of how a seemingly innoccuous
desire may yield unanticipated complexity (and thus does not
lend itself to appear in a minor release like, say, 0.9.8):

- the grid needed to be told do allow expansion
  of the relevant row
- the field needed to be told to allow multi-line input
- that required the field to be turned from a phrasewheel
  into a normal text control
- then the list display needed to be tweaked to only list
  the first line of whatever the comment contains
- that left the remainder of the comment only to be seen
  in the waiting list entry edit area which is no good
- hence the list needed to be expanded to display a
  dynamic, item-related tooltip detailing the entry
  including the possibly multi-line comment

Now, all this is manageable, no doubt. It does give,
however, an idea of what some suggestions might entail.

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