Once Upon a Time in Bugzilla Land
luis.villa at gmail.com
Tue Dec 14 01:44:05 UTC 2004
At this point, how far are you (and/or different in UI) from just
having a decent custom fields implementation?
On Mon, 13 Dec 2004 20:40:51 -0500 (EST), Christopher Hicks
<chicks at chicks.net> wrote:
> Keywords seem to provide slightly less functionality than flags so I'm
> going to talk about the rest of this in terms of extending flags and
> killing keywords.
> On Mon, 13 Dec 2004, Matty wrote:
> > On Sun, 2004-12-12 at 15:17 -0500, Christopher Hicks wrote:
> >> Couldn't the keywords and flags functionalities be cleanly integrated?
> >> The dissimilarity of their interfaces seems wrong.
> > They could be clearly integrated, although the dissimilarity is possibly
> > a feature, where commonly used keywords appear explicitly.
> What about designating certain flags as "common" so that they appear as
> flags do now and the rest don't appear. One of the big annoyances with
> flags is that they only work for things that you want to appear all the
> time. If uncommon flags could "somehow" be added to bugs if needed and
> common flags would always appear regardless of whether their state.
> > Having two different systems each having a different UI is a mistake
> > going forward though.
> > One problem with merging the two would be clashing names, which might
> > just dictate automatic renaming of keywords or flags if necessary.
> Appending an integer should fix this, but it begs the question: isn't it a
> bit foolish to have flags and keywords named the same thing?
> >>> You couldn't replace any one with one of the others.
> >> What can keywords do that flags can't? Ignore the current interface.
> > ... which is the main issue (scalability).
> Does anybody have any interface inspirations?
> > But another thing is that I'm pretty sure flags can't be displayed on
> > bug list (there's a bug on that), because there's a keyword cache but
> > not a flag cache.
> If we kill keywords we can steal the keyword cache for flags. :)
> > I'm pretty sure there would be other issues on the periphery too.
> Such as?
> > So flags certainly could supersede keywords, but given past experience
> > with tags, it won't _just happen_ automagically.
> True enough.
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