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Re: [GMG-Devel] [RFC] Content-centric theme for MediaGoblin

From: Сергей Давыдов
Subject: Re: [GMG-Devel] [RFC] Content-centric theme for MediaGoblin
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:15:57 +0400

2013/4/24 Christopher Allan Webber <address@hidden>:
> Ah, I think I hadn't been realizing until this point that the media
> would be opening on the same page without actually switching to the
> other page, just showing it in a lightbox?  That might be a good idea
> maybe, but I'm a bit confused as to how it totally works.
>  - Switching from a gallery to a media page actually seems a *lot* more
>    content centric to me.  It changes the URL, etc.  Being on a
>    lightbox... that feels more like the media is actually being a
>    secondary thing and the gallery is the primary, important thing.
>    I do remember there being some HTML5 browser extension where it can
>    update the current URL is dynamically, but I forget what that is.
>    What might be better is to totally switch the page, but preserve some
>    navigation that switches it back.  So maybe not a [X], but some kind
>    of return to things "thin header" right over top of the media or
>    something?  Not sure.  Something that indicates return.

I think users won't notice the difference between doing it on the same
page or in a different HTML file. This is a purely technical issue
that doesn't affect the design. For what it's worth, I'd prefer a
separate HTML page with [X] returning you to the collection page, or
even returning you to the previous page in your browser history, so
that if you come from an external site you'd be returned there on
clicking [X].

>  - Previously I thought we were talking about supporting both the
>    sidebar style *and* the wide, "content-centric" version.  Though
>    admittedly I'm not sure how to switch between them.

Based on my research of existing solutions (see first post of the
thread), I don't think it's a good idea to provide the user with means
for switching between such views, except for switching themes

>  - One problem with this is that it has an assumption that the < >
>    navigation really knows what kind of gallery it's coming from.  How
>    to do that though?  That seems really hard, unless we are actually
>    doing the HTML5'y switching the URL as we go but not actually leaving
>    the page... if we do that, we can also preserve state about what
>    context the user was browsing from.

I'd just use the next and previous works in the currently viewed
collection, with respect to the sorting algorithm. This might be
easier to implement with the same-page lightbox approach btw, see

If in doubt, I'd fall back to the chronologically previous and next
work *in the same collection* of the same author. I've seen galleries
just switching chronologically ignoring the collections and it's just
terrible. If the author has put the work in a collection, "next" and
"previous" should show works from the same collection.

Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff

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