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Sakai Usage Observations

... or why we don't use the Sakai VRE for our own work.

Personal notes only - no official status - work in progress

Contents:

1. Usability issues

  1. I have noticed, using the Sakai collaboration server, that the user interface is very inefficient in its use of screen space (especially with Javascript disabled, it appears): text is squashed into windows occupying small regions of the available screen area, while other areas remain blank. Give me separate browser windows anyday! (e.g. http://collab.sakaiproject.org/portal)

  2. The mailing list archive browser is excruciatingly slow to display and refresh, and doesn't offer any obvious advantages over regular web-based mailing list archive presentation. (e.g. http://collab.sakaiproject.org/portal/site/1097928811887-22636/page/1097928812081-22647 when logged in; also this just hangs, or doesn't work, when Javascript is disabled.)

  3. Sakai breaks the browser "back" button. When viewing a message in a mailing list archive, normal web behaviour would be for the "back" button to return to the list of messages. This is not what happens. (e.g., at http://collab.sakaiproject.org/portal/site/1103227538796-57571, click on a message to view it, then click on the browser's "back" button.)

  4. It's worse than that! Although Sakai maintains archives of email discussion lists, those archives are accessible *only* via the portal, and there appears to be no way to link to a specific email message. How lame is that!

2. References

  1. http://www.sakaiproject.org/


-- GrahamKlyne 2006-06-19 15:24:58

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