[pcplantdb] Fwd: Re: PIW new release
pyg at galatea.org
Mon Aug 22 10:49:20 EDT 2005
This is good feedback Heide, so I'm forwarding it to the PIW and dev
list for more discussion.
Heide Hermary writes:
> Chad, I have no idea what you are referring to, I don't see those icons
> on either the regular nor advanced search.
> Sorry, haven't had time to look at the search menu closely to see how
> useful it is - I'm just sooo swamped right now. here my really quick
> first impression (search only - and will focus on problems. Overall a
> good first version)
> - the choices are confusing
> - no idea what you mean by "habitat"
> - no idea what you mean by "poor soil" - it's a chliche that can mean
> all kinds of things but generally nothing
> - Would be good to put soil conditions and climatic conditions into
> separate categories, I couldn't even find the full sun category.
> - habit needs to be divided - too much overlap
> - if you're going to mention bulb and corm, why not all the other
> geophytes? Maybe the term "geophyte" would be better.
> - If you have ferns, why not mosses and club mosses and liverworts,
> etc.? In some ways you're going into huge detail, in others you're
> ingnoring half the plant world. Problem: you're mixing up your
> - no idea what you mean by plant uses
> - missing the most important information: synergistic and antagonistic
> relationships (plants and others).
> - Would like to see cultivar near the top, Not sure what the purpose is
> down there.
> - provide an explanation of what people should enter (a "help" field for
> each choice)
> I really like that way we organized the Gaia College plant database, it
> works extremely well. I'm afraid you've fallen into few conventional
> Cheers, H
> Chad Knepp wrote:
> >Hi again Heide,
> >Sorry to be so long in replying, I was on a working vacation from
> >computers and PIW development.
> >The significant difference is the ability to add (indicated by the
> >pencil shaped icon) and edit (indicated by the erasing pencil icon)
> >all kinds of information including new plants, descriptions,
> >cultivars, comments, etc. Also the advanced search makes it possible
> >to locate plants based on very specific criteria.
> >I would be really interested in how to make this kind of thing more
> >obvious to other users. I've used computers for 2/3rds of my life so
> >it's difficult for me to develop an interface that is intuitive to
> >folks who aren't as geeky as I am.
> >Heide Hermary writes:
> > > I tried that link but I don't know how to anything other than search.. I
> > > did get an account and logged on and didn't see any difference. What am
> > > I missing?
> > > Cheers, Heide
> > >
> > > Chad Knepp wrote:
> > >
> > > >Hello Heide,
> > > >
> > > >I'm not sure if you are still on the PIW list and if not I did a new
> > > >major release yesterday that now contains a lot of the features I
> > > >think you were interested in. It has a lot of rough edges at the
> > > >moment but I'd be interested in your feedback if you have time to
> > > >check it out. The development version is at
> > > ><http://dev.permaculture.info/>.
> > > >
> > > >Thanks,
> > > >Chad
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