[openstack-dev] [UX] Weekly topic - Horizon Navigation

Lyle, David david.lyle at hp.com
Tue Dec 10 16:49:30 UTC 2013

This topic has been available on ux-askbot and ux Google+ forum before that for months.  Based on that alone, I don’t believe the vote was limited.  All input was taken and considered.  In the end, there are strong opinions on both sides.

What the final outcome was…  We’ll implement the vertical navigation by default and write the html such that skinning to make the navigation horizontal should be as easy as writing the less and potentially additional js for it (thinking of screen width overflow).  I’m not sure we want to take on the burden of supporting an implementation of both layout directions in horizon, but there may be workable solutions there.

As other icehouse blueprints depend on the navigation upgrade, I’d rather not keep rehashing this topic.

-David Lyle

From: Jaromir Coufal [mailto:jcoufal at redhat.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 6:25 AM
To: OpenStack Development Mailing List
Subject: [openstack-dev] [UX] Weekly topic - Horizon Navigation

Dear OpenStack community,

each week we are going to highlight some interesting and important UX topics here on the mailing list (though I will be referencing a lot to the Askbot tool, which we use for discussions).

At the moment, we are asking for attention for Horizon's navigation redesign:


Some time before summit we started to invest time into navigation enhancements. There started horizontal proposal [0] and based on some feedback, we tried to provide vertical solution [1] as well. At summit there was super interesting discussion about interaction in both approaches. At the end of session, we had a voting which ended in favor of vertical navigation (won in ratio about 6:4). There were strong arguments for vertical as well as for horizontal approach.

Lately, there were some voices that voting was based on limited audience, so I'd like to bring this issue up here. We don't want to be blocked forever, choosing 'perfect' solution. We will try to deliver solution so that people can easily switch from vertical to horizontal (or vice versa) just by skinning anyway. So for the moment we want to find preferred way for OpenStack upstream, which we will be enhancing in time. What is important to take into account is to keep on mind latest IA [2], which is still in progress, but we have pretty good picture which direction we are going.

Whoever is interested in navigation topic or has some preferences one way or another, we are looking forward to hearing from you here or in the Askbot thread.

-- Jarda

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[0] Horizontal: http://people.redhat.com/~lsurette/OpenStack/Navigation%20Enhancement%20Proposal_v3.0.pdf
[1] Vertical: http://people.redhat.com/~jcoufal/openstack/navigation/2013-12-03_os_navigation_vertical.pdf
[2] Information Architecture: http://ask-openstackux.rhcloud.com/question/1/openstack-ui-information-architecture/?answer=94#post-id-94
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