Opened 15 years ago

Closed 15 years ago

#904 closed enhancement (fixed)

Read Etexts-11, search result path information unnecessary for user to see

Reported by: garycmartin Owned by: jdsimmons
Priority: Unspecified by Maintainer Milestone: Unspecified
Component: Read Etexts Version: Unspecified
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Cc: Distribution/OS: Unspecified
Bug Status: Unconfirmed


When searching, Title and Author provide all the information a user would need/expect. The Guttenberg specific Path hierarchy seems to be rather unnecessary text to show the user :-)

Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed 15 years ago by jdsimmons

I kind of agree with this, but not quite. If you look at the Help text (under the Groucho Marx quote) you'll see an example of why you might need the path. Gutenberg has two different path conventions: a new one based on the text number which is mostly correct and an older one that occasionally is not. My first attempt at this only used the new path, but that meant that some of Gutenberg's choicest titles were unavailable. Now some books have both old and new entries. For instance. Alice in Wonderland works for the new one but not the old. You need a way to know which is which.

Also, the columns can be sorted so the easiest way for me to get the path for downloading is to get it from the table. If this was a Java Swing table I'd know how to have information be in the table but not visible to the user. For pygtk tables I haven't figured it out yet.

Finally, Project Gutenberg Australia has its own offline catalog including 2,000 some odd books that are out of copyright there but not in the U.S. I want to merge that catalog with the other one so a user who is allowed to can download these titles. I really need to show which titles are which so we're not accused of encouraging children to steal the intellectual property of an author who's been dead 50 years.

Not saying this isn't a bug, just looking for some ideas.

comment:2 Changed 15 years ago by jdsimmons

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

I figured out how to leave the path data in the table model but not show it in the table. It isn't that different from Java Swing after all. I added the Australia titles to the catalog. If I decide later that these titles need to be indicated in the table I can add another column for that purpose, but for now I'm not going to bother.

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