[tahoe-dev] Naming a toplevel directory from WUI (Was: barriers to using tahoe)

NODA, Kai nodakai at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 15:08:01 UTC 2010


Hi, Zooko

Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn wrote:
...
>>  - Creating directories and files via the WUI makes keeping track  
>> of capabilities a tedious manual exercise in futility.
> 
> Did they use bookmarks? I find bookmarks (in my web browsers, I mean)  
> to be pretty easy. What could we change to reduce this problem?
...
>>  - Once I create items, I have no way to browser them (see above)
> 
> Hrm, because you don't have a sufficiently convenient way to keep  
> track of the caps to them, you mean? What if you were to keep a  
> bookmark to a certain directory and link everything you create into  
> that directory (or into subdirectory which are linked into that  
> directory, etc.). Would that satisfy? That's what I've been doing,  
> e.g.: http://testgrid.allmydata.org:3567/uri/URI%3ADIR2-RO% 
> 3Au6hxf6v5mu6viibkppkpd7ygu4% 
> 3Am54njuevyfxpma4dzklipej3g4kh24l2tgt6l52foaqwzdhzsw3a/

I think having WUI version of "tahoe add-alias tahoe `tahoe mkdir`"
improves usability a little.  For example,
1. Add a "New directory name" field to "Create a directory" form
    at WUI's welcome page.  Suppose a user entered "My Pictures."
2. Then the created directory displays "My Pictures" as its page title
3. Moreover, the user is redirected to an URL having an extra parameter
    like http: //tahoe.example.com/uri/...pqxtu/?alias=My%20Pictures
    which enables showing "My Pictures" as the page title even when
    the directory is visited from bookmarks.
4. Additionally, add "Add to Favorite" button to each directory page
    cf. http://bytes.com/topic/javascript/answers/596395-help-javascript-add-bookmark-firefox-mozilla-safari-opera
5. Remove "Upload a file" field from the welcome page to force users
    to upload files into directories already named
This is just a rought idea...

Thanks,
Kai



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