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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Over The Top, Or Underneath?

People in Western nations have been arguing this topic, for years.
Should the roll be hung, with the paper falling over the top, or underneath?
Both choices have their logical reasoning.

When this question is politely debated, the discussion goes on endlessly - and when the question is freely debated, the discussion generally degenerates into ad hominem insults and name calling. It's likely that this question will never be answered, authoritatively.

Blogger has a similar question, resembling the toilet roll controversy.
Should new list items be added over the top (as the top entry), or underneath (as the bottom entry)?
Until this month, the only option, provided by Blogger, was "over the top".

Earlier this month, many blog owners reported problems updating their LinkList and List gadgets. Last week, the ability to update the gadgets was restored.

Having fixed the gadget problem, Blogger has also changed the new item position. Previously, new items were added to the lists, as the top entry, pushing everything down. Now, new items are added as the bottom entry.

This change is enraging some blog owners. Similar to the toilet roll issue, however, other blog owners are now happy.

Both sides, in the ongoing arguments, acknowledge that the other side exists - and would possibly settle for the other answer - if it was easier to rearrange list items.
  • You can only move one item, at a time.
  • Each time you move one item one row, you have to move the cursor, and hit the arrow one more time, to move that same item one more row.
  • If you overlook the need to move the cursor, you sit there and watch the same item move up, then down, as you hit the same screen spot over and over.
  • Then you move to the next item, and you move it one row.
  • You cannot "wrap" the moves. An item at the bottom, and needing to be at the top, has to be moved one row at a time, to the top.

I have seen similar function wizards, with different design.
  • The GUI uses a single pair of Move Arrows, and selector boxes for each item in the list.
  • You select the items to be moved - then you hit the move arrow once, to move the selected items up, or down.
  • If you need to move the selected items more than one row, you hit the move arrow again - but without having to move the cursor.
  • By selecting all items, excepting the one that needs to moved to the top, you can move everything selected down one row - which moves the newly added item up to the top in one click.

Given the ability to "wrap" the move - ie, hit the down arrow once, to move an item from the bottom to the top, either choice ("at the top", or "at the bottom") could satisfy more people. But this is an enhancement, that can be only provided by Blogger Engineering.

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