[development] Views 2 UI

Jeff Eaton jeff at viapositiva.net
Wed Feb 20 15:28:26 UTC 2008

One of my personal goals for the D7 release cycle is getting the  
"guts" of views -- the back end code rather than the front-end UI --  
into core. I think it's worth pointing out that third-party front ends  
to the Views module can be built, too, with simpler UIs and/or  
streamlined workflow. One of the challenges the 'full' Views UI module  
faces is the need to expose ALL of the API's capabilities.


On Feb 18, 2008, at 4:58 PM, Rowan Wigginton wrote:

> Earl Miles wrote:
>> Thanks Keith!
>> I rolled an official alpha release so people can play with this.  
>> I'm very interested in feedback about this UI from the community  
>> (admittedly I like positive feedback here, but I'll accept the  
>> negative too =)
> I gave it a try and I have to say the interface is much more  
> intuitive than before, but I can't see this kind of UI working with  
> many other modules, Views is one of a kind.
> One problem with the Views 2 UI is that it doesn't guide the user  
> along, instead it presents everything at once in panels across and  
> down the page, I had to stare at it for a while to figure out what  
> the next step was. However it makes up for this somewhat by  
> splitting different displays into 'tabs' on the side of the page and  
> also uses a kind of 'mini-wizard' for configuring each setting (I  
> noticed some settings had multiple steps).
> Overall I think the interface is a big improvement over Views 1, but  
> the layout is unlike anything else in Drupal and the last thing I  
> want to see in Drupal is inconsistency.

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