Bug 5168 - Allow for manual control in scheduler ordering
Allow for manual control in scheduler ordering
Status: REOPENED
Product: OCS
Classification: Unclassified
Component: General
2.3.6
PC Mac OS X 10.3
: P5 enhancement
Assigned To: PKP Support
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Reported: 2010-02-22 11:00 PST by James MacGregor
Modified: 2012-05-01 08:18 PDT (History)
3 users (show)

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Version Reported In: 2.3.0
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Description James MacGregor 2010-02-22 11:00:30 PST
Currently, Conference Managers can presentations listed in the scheduler order by start time, author, location, track or title, but can't be ordered manually. There are likely some scenarios in which manual ordering would be useful (eg. when there's a presentation order within a time block that isn't alphabetical by author or title). If possible, it would be good to be able to manually sort presentations within time blocks via either drag and drop, up and down arrows, or both.
Comment 1 Alec Smecher 2010-02-24 01:52:17 PST
James, do you mean a sort order that would only apply to the scheduler, or would this also somehow affect the public website? What about somehow tying it in with the Director's "Presentations" list, which is sortable using arrows? (This sort order affects the published order, but it might be confusing to have two different ones.) Or perhaps we could just add a sort-by link that uses the order that was already defined in the Director's "Presentations" list, though that would probably be a little confusing too.
Comment 2 James MacGregor 2010-02-24 09:27:12 PST
(In reply to comment #1)
> James, do you mean a sort order that would only apply to the scheduler, or
> would this also somehow affect the public website? What about somehow tying it
> in with the Director's "Presentations" list, which is sortable using arrows?
> (This sort order affects the published order, but it might be confusing to have
> two different ones.) Or perhaps we could just add a sort-by link that uses the
> order that was already defined in the Director's "Presentations" list, though
> that would probably be a little confusing too.

Hi Alec, I'm thinking about a sort order that would apply to the scheduler, but would affect how items are displayed publicly (in Conference Schedule). Crossing it with the Director's Presentations list would be too confusing, I think. 

I'll admit to finding the Scheduler somewhat confusing at the moment, but it looks like you can sort per field (title, time, etc.) but not arbitrarily/manually. Actually, what might suffice (but is probably a lot of work) would be to replicate how other lists in eg. OJS work -- where they can be sortable arbitrarily via drag 'n drop, but can also be sorted by column (the column title becoming a sort hyperlink). This could be facilitated by having all fields broken into columns, eg:

ID |	Title |	Location |	Date |	Start |	End |
-----------------------------------------------------

That said, I know there are a number of scheduler requests for enhancement floating around out there. If you think it's worth it, rather than write up individual (and probably unfocused) bug reports like this, I can try and collate them and come up with a more comprehensive set of suggestions.
Comment 3 Alec Smecher 2010-02-24 10:01:41 PST
The public schedule is always sorted by date and time; the sorting on the Manager's scheduler form is intended to make it easy to navigate large amounts of data (i.e. a conference with potentially hundreds of papers).
Comment 4 Trudy A. Shore 2012-04-30 22:28:57 PDT
Can this be reopened?  Oops, looks like I just did it.  What the original forum post was asking for was to be able to manually sort presentations in the scheduler so that they would appear in the correct order on the schedule page.  For example, here is the 1st time block from one of my current conferences:


TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012
9:00 am - 10:30 am
* TALK SESSION 1
* Jeffrey M. Yau, Pablo Celnik, Steven S. Hsiao, John E. Desmond, DISSOCIABLE CROSSMODAL RECRUITMENT OF VISUAL AND AUDITORY CORTEX FOR TACTILE PERCEPTION
* David Brang, Zack Taich, Steven A Hillyard, Vilayanur S Ramachandran, TASK DEPENDENT ANATOMICAL CONNECTIONS UNDERLIE MULTISENSORY PROCESSING
* Christian Keitel, Erich Schröger, Matthias M Müller, NEURAL MECHANISMS OF INTERMODAL ATTENTION IN HUMAN EEG/MEG
* Anton L Beer, Tina Plank, Evangelia-Regkina Symeonidou, Georg Meyer, Mark W. Greenlee, COMBINING FIBER TRACKING AND FUNCTIONAL BRAIN IMAGING FOR REVEALING BRAIN NETWORKS INVOLVED IN AUDITORY-VISUAL INTEGRATION IN HUMANS
* Thomas U Otto, Brice Dassy, Pascal Mamassian, PRINCIPLES OF MULTI-SENSORY BEHAVIOR
Benjamin Andrew Rowland, PREDICTING MULTISENSORY ENHANCEMENT IN NEURONAL RESPONSES

The conference organizer would like to display the talks in the order that they will actually be in during the session.  As you know, there is not currently a way to do this.

On a related note (maybe should be a separate feature request).  In order to label the time block above, I had to create a special event and give it the same start and end times as the time block.  Instead, it would be preferable to be able to assign a title and description to each time block.
Comment 5 Alec Smecher 2012-05-01 08:18:17 PDT
Moving to 2.3.6 for consideration.