thoughts on the tiddlyZUI

when i find myself in the desert fog, out of context in tiddlyland, i find myself wishing i had a trail of crumbs. or a color-coding of some sort, linking the path i took, and grouping similar items.

for example, if i were using a tiddly-fied description/compilation/amalgamation of an integrated ecosystem, such as a tree of life, i would want different codings (not a good word, i keep thinking color groupings) for the different kingdoms, phylums, so on. and perhaps a line along the path i took to reach a certain species. a plant guild, for instance, (a concept developing the the agroforestry/permaculture realm) one compiles a list of plants that coexist.

plants: apple tree/ chives/ berry vines
they coexist because the chives fend off fungal and insect pests, and the vines also produce fruit.
so then there are fungi, and insects, and soil bacteria, so on.

so the advogato article on ZUI issues mentions wandering around at random when lost, as information foraging, but no creature forages at random, not even the lowly worm, who, incidentally, uses calculus. they, and we, interpret the increase of something, scent of cookies, sound of water, and follow that something towards home.

so the general thought/feel here, is that when i am lost in the interface, i firstly need a wildly evident ‘home’ button.

and secondly, perhaps the colors of the background could strengthen in the direction of the material.

and thirdly, perhaps a tiddler progress could be linked, with a line, so i could backtrack, and see interconnections. i suppose those tiddlers would be lined up through what we call the z-axis, however it seems to me, if i am beginning at home, subsequent tiddlers will be emerging ‘forward’ of this, and more than one link originating from the central home, would emanate out in a different direction. hemispherically? spherically? all are z.

color wheel sphere

color solids

and if one tiddler were my twitter, it could glow if there was a new one. i’m just sayin.


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One Response to “thoughts on the tiddlyZUI”

  1. jermolene Says:

    Hey jacquelyn, glad you’re enjoying Cecily, enjoying reading your reaction. My idea with the fractal background thing was to have a background that reveals progressively more detail as you zoom in, but the character (colour/texture etc) of the pattern changes too, so that you can tell instinctively whether you’ve woken up looking at a row of sand dunes or a row of mountains. Imagine something like a Gosper curve that gets rounder as you zoom in….

    I need to look at the idea of labelled lines, could be useful.

    Generally, I want to build a toolkit of bits and pieces of things and interactions that people can use to experiment with this class of user interface…..

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