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Fall 2007 Fluid Summit

Where and When?

September 24-28, 2007
Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Sessions: Usability Lab, Room 307, Bissel Building
User Experience Sessions: Dean's Conference Room, Room 212, Bissel Building
Combined sessions: On Monday morning, Wednesday afternoon, and all day on Friday will be held in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) building at 252 Bloor Street.

Video Conferencing

Thanks to the kindness of Lance Speelmon and Indiana University, we will be using the IU Sakai videoconferencing bridge for the technical sessions.

VTC Information - reserved from 8am EDT to 6 pm EDT
Sakai002
IP Address: 156.56.240.9
Telephone: 812-856-7060
Conference Code: 350
PIN: 72524

We are unable to provide videoconferencing for the combined sessions on Monday morning, Wednesday afternoon, and all day on Friday. We are working to provide Breeze Videoconferencingusing the Fluid Work breeze room provided by York University.

Weather

Toronto Weather Network
(both Celsius and Fahrenheit) 

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More Information

Overview

The Fluid Summit is an opportunity for members of the community to get together in a face-to-face environment to discuss and make progress on core issues related to technical architecture and user experience. This summit is intended to be a working meeting, combining relevant presentations with focussed discussions and collaborative work. By the end of the summit, we plan to have built consensus and defined concrete directions in several key areas:

  • Cooperating technologies with the Fluid framework (client and server)
  • Future component design and development
  • UX Walk-through protocols
  • User testing
  • Security policies

This meeting will also afford the rare opportunity for design and architecture to discuss and work on issues together in the same room. A portion of the summit will likely be dedicated to discussion of component design/development plans with the whole group.

Summit Expectations

This meeting is the last opportunity we'll likely have to all get together in a face-to-face setting for at least a year. As such, we want to make best use of our time by focusing on topics that will result in plans of action and delegation of tasks within the group. We're suggesting that all attendees bring with them a plan or proposal related to an area of personal expertise. This might just be a "straw man" draft, and will inevitably be a work in progress. Tell us about your ideas, and this will set the stage for focussed discussion, planning, and delegation.

Social Opportunities

The expectation is that the summit will be, above all, informal and social. Expect plenty of opportunities for dinner, drinks, and fun.

Daily  dinner and drinks to be informally announced  at the end of each day.  Please add events here if you know of anything. 

Dinner on Monday night at 6:30 at Bar Mercurio 270 Bloor St. 

In the City:

Planned Agenda

Please feel free to add your ideas and suggestions to the agenda.

Dev Team Agenda [draft] 

Date

Time

Location

Topic

Monday, 24 Sep 07
9

9:00 - 10:30 am
(Breeze Videoconferencing only)

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
Rm. 5185

UE & Dev combined meeting

Monday, 24 Sep 07

10:30 - 10:45am

OISE - Rm. 5185

Coffee and Refreshments

Monday, 24 Sep 07

10:45 - 12:00pm
(Breeze Videoconferencing only)

OISE - Rm. 5185

UE & Dev combined meeting

Monday, 24 Sep 07

12:00 - 1:00pm

Claude Bissel Building (BL)
Served in 3rd Floor Vestibule
Eaten in Rms. 212 and 307

Lunch

Monday, 24 Sep 07

1:00 - 2:00pm 

ATRC lab, Robarts Library, First Floor

Overview of accessibility

Monday, 24 Sep 07

2:00 - 3:00pm 

BL - Rm. 307

Review of Architecture Plan - Colin

Monday, 24 Sep 07

3:00 - 3:15pm

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Monday, 24 Sep 07

3:15 - 5:00pm

BL - Rm. 307

Review of Architecture Plan - Colin

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

9:00 - 10:30pm 

BL - Rm. 307

Client-Side Toolkit Review - Joseph

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

- 10:45am

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

10:45 - 12:00pm

BL - Rm. 307

DHTML Accessibility and Dojo - Simon

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

12:00 - 1:00pm

BL  
Served in 3rd Floor Vestibule
Eaten in Rms. 212 and 307

Lunch

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

1:00 - 3:00pm 

BL - Rm. 307

Server-side Presentation Frameworks - RSF and SWF - Antranig

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

3:00 - 3:15pm

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

3:15 - 5:00pm

BL - Rm. 307

Server-side Presentation Framework discussion - Spring MVC & JSP, DWR, etc. - Ray

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

9:00 - 10:00am 

BL - Rm. 307

What is a Component? Portalised strategies for dispatching and aggregation - Antranig/Aaron

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

10:00 am - 10:15am

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

10:15 - 12:00pm 

BL - Rm. 307

"Micro" or "easy" applications - do we need them, and what should they look like?  - Antranig/Aaron

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

12:00 - 1:00pm 

BL - Rm. 728

Lunch

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

1:00 - 3:00pm
Breeze Videoconferencing only)

OISE - Rm. 8200

UE & Dev combined meeting  

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

3:00 - 3:15pm

OISE - Rm. 8200

Coffee and Refreshments

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

3:15 - 5:00pm
Breeze Videoconferencing only

OISE - Rm. 8200

UE & Dev combined meeting  

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

9:00 - 10:00am 

BL - Rm. 307

Fluid security policy - Anastasia

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

10:00 - 10:15am

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

10:15 - 12:00pm

BL - Rm. 307

uPortal Presentation Layer - Susan

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

12:00 - 1:00pm 

BL - Rm. 728

Lunch

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

1:00 - 2:00pm 

BL - Rm. 307

Fluid Component Supports - Michelle

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

2:00 - 3:00pm 

BL - Rm. 307

Coding session

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

3:00 - 3:15pm

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

3:15 - 5:00pm 

BL - Rm. 307

Coding session

Friday, 28 Sep 07

10:00 - 10:15am

OISE - Rm. 3310

Coffee and Refreshments

Friday, 28 Sep 07

10:15 - 12:00pm
Breeze Videoconferencing only

OISE - Rm. 3310

UE & Dev combined meeting - Summit wrap up 

Friday, 28 Sep 07

12:00 - 1:00 pm

OISE - Rm. 3310

Lunch

Friday, 28 Sep 07

1:00 - 2:30pm

OISE - Rm. 3310

UE & Dev combined meeting - Summit wrap up

Friday, 28 Sep 07

2:30 - 2:45pm

OISE - Rm. 3310

Coffee and Refreshments

Friday, 28 Sep 07

2:45 - 4:00 pm

OISE - Rm. 3310

UE & Dev combined meeting - Summit wrap up

 User Experience Agenda [draft]

Date

Time

Location

Topic

Monday, 24 Sep 07

9:00 - 10:30am

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
Rm. 5185

UE & Dev combined meeting

Monday, 24 Sep 07

10:30 - 10:45am

OISE - Rm. 5185

Coffee and Refreshments

Monday, 24 Sep 07

10:45 - 12:00pm

OISE - Rm. 5185

UE & Dev combined meeting

Monday, 24 Sep 07

12:00 - 1:00pm

Claude Bissel Building (BL)
Served in 3rd Floor Vestibule
Eaten in Rms. 212 and 307

Lunch

Monday, 24 Sep 07

1:00 - 2:00pm 

ATRC lab, Robarts Library, First Floor

Tour of ATRC lab - Laurie McArthur 

Monday, 24 Sep 07

2:00 - 3:00pm 

BL - Rm. 212

UX Walk-throughs - Paul, Herb, Ron 

Monday, 24 Sep 07

3:00 - 3:15pm

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Monday, 24 Sep 07

3:15 - 4:00pm

BL - Rm. 212

UX Walk-throughs - Paul, Herb, Ron 

Monday, 24 Sep 07

4:00 - 5:00pm

BL - Rm. 212

More Tabs redesign -  Shaw-Han, Allison

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

9:00 - 10:30am 

BL - Rm. 212

UX Walk-throughs - Synthesize pain points; Identify & Prioritize Solutions - Daphne

 

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

10:30 - 10:45am

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

 

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

10:45 - 12:00pm

BL - Rm. 212

UX Walk-throughs - Synthesize pain points; Identify & Prioritize Solutions - Daphne

 

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

12:00 - 1:00pm

BL  
Served in 3rd Floor Vestibule
Eaten in Rms. 212 and 307

Lunch

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

1:00 - 3:00pm 

BL - Rm. 212

UX Walk-throughs - Synthesize pain points; Identify & Prioritize Solutions - Daphne

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

3:00 - 3:15pm

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Tuesday, 25 Sep 07

3:15 - 5:00pm

BL - Rm. 212

UX Walk-throughs - Synthesize pain points; Identify & Prioritize Solutions - Daphne

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

9:00 - 10:00am 

BL - Rm. 212

Virtual Usability Lab Demonstration - Ron

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

10:00 - 10:15am

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

10:15 - 10:30am

BL - Rm. 212

User Testing - Barbara, Shaw-Han

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

10:30 - 12:00pm 

BL - Rm. 212

User Experience Frankenstein - Gary

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

12:00 - 1:00pm 

BL - Rm. 728

Lunch

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

1:00 - 3:00pm 

OISE - Rm. 8200

UE & Dev combined meeting  

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

3:00 - 3:15pm

OISE - Rm. 8200

Coffee and Refreshments

Wednesday, 26 Sep 07

3:15 - 5:00pm

OISE - Rm. 8200

UE & Dev combined meeting  

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

9:00 - 10:00am 

BL - Rm. 212

Component Design Process - Daphne

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

10:00 - 10:15am

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

10:15 - 12:00pm

BL - Rm. 212

Content Management Research - Daphne

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

12:00 - 1:00pm 

BL - Rm. 728

Lunch

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

1:00 - 3:00pm 

BL - Rm. 212

Design Patterns - Allison

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

3:00 - 3:15pm

BL - 3rd Floor Vestibule

Coffee and Refreshments

Thursday, 27 Sep 07

3:15 - 5:00pm 

BL - Rm. 212

Review UX Deliverables and Create UX release plan

Friday, 28 Sep 07

9:00 - 10:00am 

OISE - Rm. 3310

Design Team Coordination and Planning - Gary & Daphne

Friday, 28 Sep 07

10:00 - 10:15am

OISE - Rm. 3310

Coffee and Refreshments

Friday, 28 Sep 07

10:15 - 12:00pm 
| OISE - Rm. 3310

UE & Dev combined meeting - Summit wrap up 

Friday, 28 Sep 07

12:00 - 1:00pm

OISE - Rm. 3310

Lunch

Friday, 28 Sep 07

1:00 - 2:30pm

OISE - Rm. 3310

UE & Dev combined meeting - Summit wrap up 

Friday, 28 Sep 07

2:30 - 2:45pm

OISE - Rm. 3310

Coffee and Refreshments

Friday, 28 Sep 07

2:45 - 4:00pm

OISE - Rm. 3310

UE & Dev combined meeting - Summit wrap up 


Project Coordination and Vision

  • Discuss direction for component design and development work over the next year and a half
  • Opportunities for collaboration on Sakai and uPortal development work (eg. common navigation schemes, Resources, other content management scenarios, etc.)
  • Overall discussion about Content Management scenarios in uPortal, Moodle, and Sakai

1. Using a wiki
Gary Thompson will convey what he knows of strategy, best practices, and tips and tricks for using Confluence to document and communicate.

User Experience

1. UX Walk-throughs
By September, we intend to have completed a first round of user interface walk-throughs of at least Sakai and perhaps uPortal. The September summit will give us an opportunity to review the material gathered, refine our protocol and reporting process, and prioritize the issues collected to date.

  • Discuss process for doing walk-throughs/reporting and sharing this information - 1 hour - (Paul)
    • Refinement of walk-through procedures and reporting process
    • Process for sharing results out with the community
  • Discuss and refine accessibility heuristics
  • Presentation of walkthrough report on Moodle - 40 min - Herb Wideman (provisional, depending on decision of UX group about how we organize our sharing of UX experiences and findings; may be subsumed under 2 below)
  • Report on Accessibilty walkthrough of Moodle - 30 min - Ron Owston

2. Identify & prioritize potential "componentizable" solutions (synthesis across products) - 1 Day (Daphne)

3. Fluid Content Management Research - 2 Hours (Daphne)

  • Review and discuss draft research goals, plan & scope
  • Does this make sense from the perspective all products (Sakai, uPortal, Moodle)?
  • Who can be involved?
  • How do we get a wide coverage of users -- regions, roles, etc.  (see presentation slide on users)
  • How do we get started?

4. Component Design Process - 2 Hours (Daphne)
As we look towards designing new Fluid UI components, we need to plan a basic process and set of criteria for designing them in a fully usable and accessible way. We'll review Daphne Ogle's proposal for this process, and then share our recommendations for how best to design Fluid components.

  • Daphne will present a proposal for a working process/best practices for future component development
  • Discuss personas in design
    • Comments, thoughts on personas description on the wiki?
    • What does a comprehensive set of personas look like?  A set of personas are specific to a problem domain -- what is the problem domain?  Is there one for Sakai & Moodle and another for uPortal?  Do we share one?  Are there several for each respective product?
    • What about accessibility personas?
    • Can we create a comprehensive set of personas (including choosing primary & secondary) as part of the content management research project?
  • Agile & UCD if people are interested and there is time
  • Share out a set of recommendations for design process with the community

5. Design Patterns - 2 hours (Allison)
Allison will present ideas and facilitate a discussion on the use of Design Patterns in Fluid. We will discuss such questions as:

  • How can user interface and interaction Design Patterns be used to improve usability and accessibility in Sakai, uPortal, Kuali, & Moodle?
  • How can user interface and interaction Design Patterns be used in the design of new Fluid components?
  • How should Design Pattern Libraries relate to Style Guides and Component Libraries?
  • How should Design Patterns be created? Should creation of patterns in a Fluid Design Pattern library be totally collaborative, or should it lean more towards best practices recommended by a moderator?
  • What is the proper granularity for a Design Pattern?
  • Who are the potential target audiences for Fluid Design Patterns (and components)?
  • How can Fluid Design Patterns (and components) be used by other audiences (e.g. developers of other websites & applications at our universities)?
  • How should Fluid Design Patterns (and components) be presented? How can we make the patterns themselves and their presentation most usable to our target audiences?
  • How should Design Pattern libraries for Sakai, uPortal, Kuali or Moodle work with or be related to a Fluid Design Patterns library? To pattern libraries commonly used as reference (e.g. Yahoo!, Designing Interfaces, Van Welie)? To pattern libraries at our institutions?
  • Is it possible to or is there value for Fluid in tying individual interface design patterns to programming or architectural design patterns? Or combining libraries of these different types of patterns? (e.g. if all the libraries were in the same place, would programmers be more likely to consult UI patterns?)
  • What kind of outreach can we do to promote exploration and use of Design Patterns?

6. User Testing (1/2 Day) (Barbara & Shaw Han)
As components like the Lightbox begin to mature, we need to ensure that our work is regularly tested for usability and accessibility by real users. Shaw-Han Liem will present his test plan for the Lightbox, and Mike Elledge and Daphne Ogle will present a proposal for long-term user testing strategies within Fluid.

  • Shaw-Han, Barbara and Daphne will present a general usability testing plan for the Lightbox application
    • Refinement of the plan
    • Delegate distributed, in-context testing of the Lightbox application
  • Identify upcoming priorities for subsequent user testing within Fluid
    • Tools
    • Techniques

7. Review UX Deliverables and Create a UX Release Plan
The community needs a stated release deliverables for the Designer's Toolkit and other user experience activities. The group will review our stated project deliverables, prioritize them, and draft a UX release plan for review by the Fluid community at large.

  • Go through the UX deliverables as stated to Mellon
  • Assess, prioritize, and delegate responsibility
  • Share a draft UX Release Plan with the community

8. User Experience Frankenstein (Gary)
Integration and aggregation of broad and disparate applications to multiple audience groups is a significant challenge and core issue in regards to user experience. Let's discuss and flesh out an approach.

  • Build vs. integrate
  • Controlled views
  • Internalize vs. externalize
  • Empowering content authors

9. Agile Planning - Goals, benefits and details (1 Hour) (Gary & Daphne)Proposed Design Team Planning & Management - Please Delete

  • Can the Fluid design team leverage the "planning game", from agile practices, as a way to coordinate our work, leverage each other's skills and knowledge & generally have a shared understanding of our goals, work and priorities?
  • Discuss other ideas for helping with this?

10. More Tabs Redesign Summit Discussion (1 hour) (Allison & Shaw-Han)

  • Presentation & feedback on design and plans for 2.5 & 2.6
  • Discussion of the 'blue sky' scenario for the future - should there really be tabs, or even sites?

11. Component Design - time permitting we could work on designs or the "top 5 components" coming out of the Component ID & prioritization activity.

Virtual Usability Lab (VULab)

Ron Owston will demonstrate progress to date on VULab (about 60 min.) and discuss ways that developers can become involved.

Technical Architecture

1. Client-side Toolkit Review
Members of the Fluid technical community have been gathering information and experiences with various client-side JavaScript toolkits. The group will discuss and decide upon options and criteria for selecting one or more supported toolkits.

  • Scenarios for toolkit integration: one vs. many
  • Criteria for selecting supported toolkits
  • Delegate work of porting the Re-orderer to other toolkits

2. Server-side Presentation Frameworks
The current plan for Fluid is to support two primary server-side presentation frameworks: RSF and (Spring Web MVC + JSP 2). We'll discuss this plan and the potential for allowing developers to add bindings to other frameworks as needed.

  • Antranig will present his work integrating Spring Web MVC and Spring Web Flow with RSF
  • Ray will lead a discussion of other Java web presentation approaches: Spring MVC + JSP, DWR, etc.
  • Requirements and needs from the server (markup, URL space, etc)

3. Review of Architecture Plan
Colin Clark will articulate the latest refinements to the Fluid architecture plans, and the group will identify areas that need further refinement.

  • Roles and Responsibilities for Client and Server
  • Types of components and their relationship to the server
  • Transformation engine architecture

4. JavaScript Strategies for Portals
Portals represent a particularly complex environment for dynamic HTML and JavaScript. We'll discuss the best strategies for encapsulating and isolating JavaScript logic within portlets, Sakai tools, and in the portal frame itself.

5. Overview of uPortal Presentation Layer (DLM, etc.)

6. Fluid Project Security Policy
One of the early stated deliverables for the Fluid Project is a comprehensive security plan. Based on a proposal from the ATRC team, the group will discuss and draft a community security policy and testing strategies for UI security.

  • Security policy for reporting and handling security vulnerabilities within the community
  • Testing and architectural strategies for security

7. Fluid Component Supports (Michelle)

  • Suggestions for testing and documentation requirements for "official" Fluid components

8. JSR-170 and Content Management in Sakai and uPortal (Ian?)
Ian Boston has recently added JSR-170 (Content Repostiory) support to Sakai's ContentHosting APIs. Several portlets within uPortal have also started to work with 170 as a standard for working with content. Given Fluid's focus on content management-related, cross-cutting components, this will provide us with an opportunity to review the 170 technology and its implementations in our participating applications.

9. Coding Session
A day-long coding session will provide an opportunity to take the architectural issues we discussed during the week and apply them to real development problems and to prove our architecture's viability.

  • Ideas:
    • Porting the Re-orderer to YUI, JQuery, Prototype/scriptaculous, etc.
    • Converting PreferAble from JSF to RSF and Spring MVC
    • Work on new, small Fluid components: eg. date widget, tree component, etc.
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