simple marking of items?

  • Just so you know, Thunderbird just gives an item the colour of the first selected tag.
    Right. I noted that earlier in the thread, but thinking about it more I suspect we won't go that route, since it would require tracking things on an item-by-item basis, and I'm hoping to avoid that. (Right now, the only data is a set of tag name => color mappings stored as JSON in a preference.) A simpler option would be an independent ordering of the tags mapped to colors.
    Thunderbird does have another nice touch: the tags to which colours are assigned are displayed in that colour. If Zotero could do that in the tag selector (and possibly the Tags pane in the right panel) it would make for a nice visual reminder of what's what.
    Yes, my implementation shows the tags in color in the tag selector, though not yet in the right panel (but I intend to add that).
  • This is really great! I just checked it out and it already works pretty well. I agree that handling of multiple tags is not crucial.
    I have one suggestion and one open question. First the open question. Should zotero enforce exclusivity? I mean, should zotero remove all other colored tags when I assign a new colored tag to an item so that an item can only have one colored tag. That would be the same behavior as in Mac OS X, for example. When I assign a new color, the others are removed. I can see that such a behavior might be confusing but my idea is that people quickly want to mark items and assign a color to them. Doing that with items that already have a colored tag gets tedious because you first have to delete and then assign the right tags. Maybe it would be possible to provide this functionality as an option so that the user can chose how colored tags behave.
    And here is my suggestion: Because I think people want to quickly assign colors to items it would be great to have a right-click menu item for zotero items that expands and lets you select a tag from those you have assigned a color to. So when I right click on a zotero item, I imagine a 'Assign Colored Tag to Item' menu that expands and lets you select one of the tags you have colored. Does that make sense?

  • I don't think it's necessary to limit them to one per item. People use Zotero in very different ways, and I don't think we need to enforce one particular way of using colors. These are first and foremost tags, not labels, and having multiple tags per item is certainly legitimate and useful.

    For assigning, Thunderbird allows you to assign and unassign tags via number keys, which is quite handy. If we borrow that, we could also address the multiple-tags issue by having the associated number imply the order (e.g., 1–6, with 1 being the highest priority). I'm not opposed to a context menu option as well, but we already have two ways in the UI to assign tags, and the context menu is getting pretty full.

    My other thought was to show colored tags at the beginning of the tag selector list (in their assigned order, which would also remind you of which number they were) rather than alphabetically among the other tags.
  • I think the number keys idea is great. Is your idea that the user can assign both a color and a number to a tag? So when I right-click a tag I can assign a color to it and also a number?
  • Yes, though it has to prevent you from assigning the same number somehow, so either it would have to allow you to reorder them (not sure what the UI would be for that exactly) or you'd have to do a lot of manual shuffling of the numbers.
  • I think an automatic overwriting would be fine with an confirm dialog ("This number-key is already assigned to tag X. Do you want to ...")...
  • Having those coloured tags at the top of the list makes great sense.

    I don't think the context menu is that full - three sections so far with seven options in total. I would prefer the Thunderbird-like context menu option since I usually keep the tag selector closed to see my collections and groups. The way I have always conceptualized it, the number keys in Thunderbird are shortcuts for the context menu options (which mention the numbering).

    I assume you're referring to the Tags pane on the right as another way to assign tags. That would in fact be another possible place for this interface: list the coloured tags atop that panel so that clicking them (in addition to the option of typing them) applies the tag. There is more room in that Tags panel than in the context menu.
  • I particualarly think that the way this is done in "get things gnome" is very simple and effective:

    It essentially adds a very small column that shows the colors of the colored tags for that task. It's visually very clear, and it allows the use of two or more colored tags. The addition of a column should not be very relevant, because it doesn't use that much space (more than three colored tags for a single reference would be extremely rare...).

    I don't see what use cases could not be benefited by doing things this way...
  • Just another support for coloured tags and coloured items.
    If I'm not too greedy I would have both.

    Coloured tags would be more for medium / long term categorisation.

    Coloured items are very noticeable, so I would use them to label a book/article which I read or a few books which are relevant for chapter which I'm working on.
  • Hello,
    This option is it considered ? Maybe for version 3 or 3.1 ?

    (PS) Thank you for the version 3b. It's really good!)
  • I think the colored tags are still planned for a later beta of 3.0.
  • +1 color tags OR visible flags.
  • no need to keep requesting this - devs have said that colored tags will be implemented and most of the code, as I understand, is already included in the 3.0b. The hope is to have it work in a later beta release, but obviously no guarantees.

  • devs have said that colored tags will be implemented and most of the code, as I understand, is already included in the 3.0b.
    Great news! Really glad this is happening.
  • That's great, although I can't find the function in Zotero 3.0b2 yet.
  • as I say - most of the code - the actual functionality is disabled. It's currently not reliable enough for a beta version.
  • edited November 7, 2011
    Just to say, I am glad this visual marking feature is coming, as it will be a big efficiency plus for me. I stumble up against its absence, daily.
  • +1 Cheers on visual marking feature!
  • I still see nothing on the 3.0 b3 ... :-(
  • This isn't happening for 3.0. It'll be in the next version after 3.0.
  • can't wait for it.... it would be a huge help to quickly find something one is looking for!
  • Dan,

    I don't understand why "This isn't happening for 3.0."

    Wouldn't it be easy enough to add tags to the list of items that can be selected for columns (Title, Creator, type, etc.) in the center panel? (I apologize if this was already suggested).

    And, if you let the user decide how wide the tag column is, she can (rightfully) manage her own screen real estate.

    I hope this helps,

  • to make this feature "great" I'd recommend adding shortcuts for the "rating"/"quick tagging" features.


    But I understand that most users are not really into shortcuts like me and others, even though it is way quicker.
  • tim - the main reason that this isn't happening for 3.0 is that 3.0 is feature frozen as the final release needs to be out in time for the Firefox 10 release - the RC1 version is about to be released.

    I actually don't understand your suggestion about the middle panel -
    I'm all for allowing users to add more regular fields as columns, but items presumably have multiple tags, displaying them in a column seems messy and not intuitive to me at all - it's also not something that any of the interfaces Zotero would model color-coded tags after (gmail, notably, but there are some others) do.
  • Thanks for the info about the 3.0 schedule.

    > I actually don't understand your suggestion about the middle panel

    I was thinking that a quick implementation could be easy enough to do, assuming it would not be totally inconsistent with a fancy one (with colors, etc.) that could be done later.

    > items presumably have multiple tags, displaying them in a column seems messy and not intuitive to me at all

    For the near term, one approach to deal with multiple tags would be to display only the *first* tag, where the tags for a given item are interpreted as an ordered list. Another approach would be to display all of the tags for an item, e.g., separated by commas, and let the user control the width of the column to see as many as make sense for their library.

    > it's also not something that any of the interfaces Zotero would model color-coded tags after (gmail, notably, but there are some others) do.

    I am not sure that a column-less display of tags is a good approach for zotero items, which can indeed look messy:
  • why not implement the ability to mark items via the tag itself. This should be even easier..

    Example of how I would love to see this happening: Just color marked!

    one could just go and define colors (voluntarily applicable... none applied if you don't) to tags and/or have an option to show the color of tags or not.

    The same would then apply to the tag selector: click ...

    In my eyes this ability would increase usability noticeably... since we have the ability to see color, it lets you find certain things way easier, wouldn't even have to click on tags in the tag selector to see what's where.... I'd love this!

    After thinking about it, this makes way more sense then assigning a "rating" to your entries, just create a tag for that (I have just created tags with stars anyways as you see in the tag-selector-image).

  • andy - that's exactly what's planned (and what gmail does, for that matter).
  • edited January 25, 2012
    sweet... good work.

    What is that "the next version after 3.0."
    "Full" version (like 4.0) or minor (like 3.1)?

    Very much an ergonomic advantage I can use to promote Zotero at my institute some more. People that don't even know this is possibly usually fly for the stuff once they see how helpful it is.

  • most likely the next major version - the current designation is 3.5 I believe (but that assumes that there won't be any 3.1). So it won't happen in a couple of months, but it's not unlikely that trunk version with the feature will be out sooner.
  • I think a column would be nice too though:
    (from a post above)

    That would give the user two ways to display colored tags. Either by coloring the line or by adding a column to the item view such as in the screenshot. The line coloring, of course, is limited to just one tag color whereas the column can display multiple tag colors. If both options are implemented, the user could choose....
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