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From "John E Vincent (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CLOUDSTACK-6310) Consider removing (or at least an option to disable) pop-over functionality in the UI
Date Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:33:14 GMT
John E Vincent created CLOUDSTACK-6310:

             Summary: Consider removing (or at least an option to disable) pop-over functionality
in the UI
                 Key: CLOUDSTACK-6310
             Project: CloudStack
          Issue Type: Improvement
      Security Level: Public (Anyone can view this level - this is the default.)
          Components: UI
            Reporter: John E Vincent

One of the most painful things in the CS UI is the "pop-over" functionality.

To date it has caused countless unintentional behaviours on our part and from what I've gathered
to other users as well.

There are a few main issues:

- The firing of the popover UI happens inconsistently. 
In some cases it fires mousing over a menu item. In other cases it fires when mousing over
a "+" sign in lists. Still in other cases it seems to fire when you hover for some undetermined
period of time in a list item. I'm pretty sure this is all latency related but I haven't looked
at the code to see if the UI popover triggers a new API call for details.

- The pop-over doesn't clear properly all the time
This one is really annoying because depending on the variable size of the popover and where
it fires, it actually OBSCURES the list you're trying to navigate.

- The pop-over doesn't reset for different elements
This is similar to the previous and actually the cause of much consternation. You can mouse
over the "+" for a list item and it will actually be showing the WRONG item. This can be disastrous
on the same scale as the "reset/reboot" icon fiasco.

- The information never fits anyway
In almost every non-trivial case, the popover can't hold the information it needs to display

I want to be clear that I really enjoy the UI in most cases but the popover has caused me
countless amounts of lost time in trying to avoid it only to have it get stuck or fire just
because I moved the pointer out of the way.

I don't have any hard suggestions here and I'm not a UI expert by any stretch but it feels
to me that possibly an accordion approach (expand down on list item click for instance) would
be a much more navigable paradigm. This brings back the intent of selection with UI interaction
instead of it being subject to where someone stows the mouse pointer.

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