09 January 2005

Adjustable MyStack box presenation

Ever noticed how long those MyStack windows are?

Sure, you can shorten them. Just as long as you do so by reducing the number of visible entries to say 4.

Best of both worlds: Many feeds, but a small box

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a really long list of XML-feeds, but still have a small box?

Analogy: One example of this is the blogger-archive option. You can see it below to the right on this blog-spot. Look down to the right. Look for “Mud’s Tests Daily Archive.”

[When you find it, continue reading.]

Welcome back. Isn’t it neat how the archive works. There is a really small box that says, “Mud’s Tests Daily Archive,” but there is a lot of buried information there with the following features:

A. Embedded information. Notice how you can look at a general list, but there are many items in that list.

B. Scrolling. Also, notice on the archive on the right hand-side there is a scrolling option. That’s pretty nice. You can scroll up and down the list of archived items, choose what you want to look at, and then it opens up.

Could MyStack be configured the same way

Wouldn’t it be neat if MyStack was the same way. You could have more items that 24 listed; and you could have a small box, showing only five options.

Requirements

Features embedded in code; end-user not required to adjust the MyStack code

It would be nice if this integrated feature was included in the code you could copy. Remember that big fad with buttons—there are sites that let you copy the code and you put it on your blog. The end-user doesn’t have to tweak it. It’s all self-contained.

Selecting the number of XML-feeds to list

It would be nice if the end-user could choose to increase the number of hits in MyStack to something larger than say 24, and then manually reduce or limit the “visible number of XML-feed-links” to something down to 0, with just the name of the Stack listed.”

Two ways to size-the-box: Based on number of visible-feeds; or the size of the desired-box

Although a “MyStack end-user” might choose to have up to 100-feeds listed, they might choose to have only 4 feeds visible at a time. Or the othe rway to size the box would be based, not on the number of feeds to list, but the physical dimensions of the box.

Scrolling options

Also, it would be nice if the end-user could choose how to scroll down this list, either with a click, a scroller, or some little java-like button that allows greater- or small-opening of those little plus-signs we see in FeedBurner.

Summary

Rather than require the end-user to have the complete stack-listed, it would be nice if there were some more features allowing the end-user to adjust the size of the MyStack box; increase the number of visible feeds; choose the number of feeds that are visible; and permit scrolling up and down the list of XML-feeds so that not all feeds have to be listed in the XML
Ever noticed how long those MyStack windows are?

Sure, you can shorten them. Just as long as you do so by reducing the number of visible entries to say 4.

Best of both worlds: Many feeds, but a small box

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a really long list of XML-feeds, but still have a small box?

Analogy: One example of this is the blogger-archive option. You can see it below to the right on this blog-spot. Look down to the right. Look for “Mud’s Tests Daily Archive.”

[When you find it, continue reading.]

Welcome back. Isn’t it neat how the archive works. There is a really small box that says, “Mud’s Tests Daily Archive,” but there is a lot of buried information there with the following features:

A. Embedded information. Notice how you can look at a general list, but there are many items in that list.

B. Scrolling. Also, notice on the archive on the right hand-side there is a scrolling option. That’s pretty nice. You can scroll up and down the list of archived items, choose what you want to look at, and then it opens up.

Could MyStack be configured the same way

Wouldn’t it be neat if MyStack was the same way. You could have more items that 24 listed; and you could have a small box, showing only five options.

Requirements

Features embedded in code; end-user not required to adjust the MyStack code

It would be nice if this integrated feature was included in the code you could copy. Remember that big fad with buttons—there are sites that let you copy the code and you put it on your blog. The end-user doesn’t have to tweak it. It’s all self-contained.

Selecting the number of XML-feeds to list

It would be nice if the end-user could choose to increase the number of hits in MyStack to something larger than say 24, and then manually reduce or limit the “visible number of XML-feed-links” to something down to 0, with just the name of the Stack listed.”

Two ways to size-the-box: Based on number of visible-feeds; or the size of the desired-box

Although a “MyStack end-user” might choose to have up to 100-feeds listed, they might choose to have only 4 feeds visible at a time. Or the othe rway to size the box would be based, not on the number of feeds to list, but the physical dimensions of the box.

Scrolling options

Also, it would be nice if the end-user could choose how to scroll down this list, either with a click, a scroller, or some little java-like button that allows greater- or small-opening of those little plus-signs we see in FeedBurner.

Summary

Rather than require the end-user to have the complete stack-listed, it would be nice if there were some more features allowing the end-user to adjust the size of the MyStack box; increase the number of visible feeds; choose the number of feeds that are visible; and permit scrolling up and down the list of XML-feeds so that not all feeds have to be listed in the XML
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