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Activity- & Task-oriented Messages
The user sets their activity in a Kicker extension. The extension runs specific applications and refers to defined information resources ─ specified URIs, directories, files and metadata. Information is displayed to facilitate and guide the user through their chosen activities.
The kicker extension optionally logs the user's choices of activities. When they select a subsequent activity, the user can choose to comment on their progress. The comment gets stored in Kontact or another user-defined personal information management suite.
DCOP can be used to display the messages, after the program (applet) and its GUI retreived the display method content.
Use Case Examples
For example, if a user wanted to work with development they would declare it using the program GUI so that tooltips for widgets would supply relevant information. For example, showing the relevant source code (development activity context).
In other activities, the tooltips indicate a position in some defined task trail (workflow context).
Learning a Language
For this activity we want to displaying translations (language work context). The information to display would not be compiled in, but lifted from a specified reference file or directory.
This proposed implementation of the kicker plugin seeks to be small, simple, effective and extensible. Almost all of it can be done with scripts, too.
Applications may not want to give up their built-in tooltips for alternative information.
- http://www.phptr.com/articles/article.asp?p=667415&seqNum=3&rl=1 --from bradh on irc