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A Confluence dashboard-like page layout using section-, column- and panel-macros

Every wiki landing page usually features a kind of overview layout to provide links to the most interesting topics or articles. This might constitute a classic table of contents, quite lengthy at times, a tag cloud of the hottest keywords (and relations, maybe), for iterative exploration, or, if you like, a dashboard of context grouped / block visualized widgets of important articles. Whatever you prefer, me, I almost always take on the dashboard approach, because it provides a great productivity in information to space ratio. Furthermore, dashboards also greatly serve the figurative memory in that one can plainly remember some article link resides in a widget up in the upper right corner of the page or yet within another widget with an outstanding background color.

However, I’m not planning to advertise dashboard / widget user interfaces here. What is to follow comprises an implementation pattern and example of setting up a simple dashboard layout in recent Confluence environments. All you need is to employ section-, column- and panel-macros in that order and hierarchy, respectively. For reference see the latest Confluence docs concerning:

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SENSE – Semantic-guided Communication & Composition in a Widget/Dashboard Environment

The second research project (alongside Topic/S) that i’ve been heading since January 2012, namely SENSE – Intelligent Storage and Exploration of large Document Sets evenly denotes its first accepted scientific paper at the ICWE’13 – 13th International Conference on WebEngineering – 5th International Workshop on Lightweight Integration on the Web to be held July 8-12, 2013, in Aalborg, Denmark. The paper is entitled “Semantic-guided Communication & Composition in a Widget/Dashboard Environment” and summarizes the work in progress of just the user interface part or layer of the the ongoing research project. This is the preliminary reference:

Wehner, P. and Krüger, R.: Semantic-guided Communication & Composition in a Widget/Dashboard Environment.Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Lightweight Integration on the Web (ComposableWeb), 13th International Conference on WebEngineering (ICWE’13), Aalborg, Germany, Springer, 2013

Paper / Slides

Do note that the SENSE project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education
and Research (bmbf) under grant No. 01IS11025A and constitutes a part of “KMUInnovativ: IKT” initiative.

Have fun. P

Evaluating free mockup apps: pencil and prototyper-free

There is quite a lot of mockup apps around whereas only some of them are under active development and additionally are offered with a non-commercial licene. I (only rawly) evaluated two of them, namely pencil (2.0.3) and prototyper-free (2.1.0) for an application in a web-ui project.

pencil is a classic in the mockup scene and may became most popular by shipping a firefox plugin variant that allows for quick web-based mockup production. however, since firefox meanwhile outruns any developer by updates, the current plugin rendered incompatible with my running firefox installation and i settled for the windows installation package. prototyper-free is, on the other hand, a branch of the commercial, fully fledged mockup tool that has been restricted in functionality and more specific in extensionability (see below) without preventing you from getting your mockup job done efficiently.
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