An interesting issue arises when one gets authors to pick a primary
track (mandatory) and a secondary track (optional). Since the original
software did not have tracks, the software had another way of indicating the equivalent in the program schedule: "conference themes or strands" in the conference scheduler -- that is, the chair decided where a paper fit rather than the author.
With the author providing tracks, OCS should pickup that information and
associate it with the paper automatically. Since program chairs may not
want to include that information in the online schedule, there should be
some way in the scheduling part of the software to indicate "include
Since the chair may want to pick the tracks, the current setup is still
To get "tracks" the program chair checks box 2.2 (d) in setup. The
chair then provides a list of tracks.
Currently, if you do NOT check the box but enter some track names, then
tracks will display anyway (in the metadata section of the submission
process). However, picking a track becomes optional (rather than
mandatory when the box is checked).
I can't think of any reason to make up a list of tracks if you don't
intend to use them. So, unless box 2.2(d) is checked, tracks should not
display. If 2.2(d) is checked but no tracks are entered, OCS should
give an error message. Similarly, if the chair tries to enter tracks without checking 2.2(d), OCS should give an error message.