The main page
Inside the browser are two main areas of the application, a menu of actions on the left-hand side, and a working area on the right which holds the contents (your browser links and documents) for the current vault location.
This example shows a populated lattice structure that might be used to organize the desktop belonging to an investment research assistant. This is just one of many use cases, of course.
The four important item types are context nodes, urls, text documents and files. Here they are again (labeled 1 through 4):
A 'context node' is quite like a directory. It can contain other context nodes, in the same way a file system directory can contain other directories. These nodes can contain the resources that directories can contain, but they also add the additional url pointer item just mentioned.
As with a file system exporer, these context items can be selected and users can move around from node to node inside the organizational tree-like structure that houses important resources that are kept handy for their use.
So why would it not be important to have folder icons in front of the context nodes? Because, by design, these context nodes play a role beyond just directories that house content; they are going to be used as part of the content itself. The kinds of structures are numerous and reformatting their appearance has been kept easy. A rendering of them to look like a directory would be just one possible formatting option.
With the default formatting option, the light-grey downward-pointing arrow [ ] indicates that a context node has its own contents that we are not currently able to see. Without the arrow, it is simply a leaf node and has no children.
As with context nodes, these resource items are a part of the selection order for the current location. They can be selected for opening and closing. A selected resource looks more or less like this, depending on the size of the container window:
The locator path
Above the main window is the locator path. It is quite like a path on a website or like a directory path. It is clickable, selectable and when you push the ENTER key while one of it's components is selected it brings you to the ancestor node location for that component. In the image below, for example, the "Clients" component is an ancestor node that can be accessed using this particular locator path...
Location forward and back buttons
At the upper right side of the content area are forward and back controls to allow you to quickly get to prevous locations, or go forward to more recently visited locations.
The left-hand side of the main application page has a multi-purpose menu with color-coded menuitems. It's basically organized into sections for navigation and tagging, editing, development, and finally, applet-specific commands.
These are the keyboard shortcuts for various user actions. If the action does not have square brackets around it, then it is a menuitem. Otherwise, what is inside the square brackets is a description of what the shortcut does....
|ACTION||SHORTCUT KEY||IF ALT KEY IS DOWN|
|add -> context node||n|
|add -> url||u||opens new tab|
|add -> text doc||t||opens new doc in editor|
|add -> file||f||opens file in app|
|[toggle group mode]||g|
|[export vault to file system]||x||other export options|
These keyboard shortcuts do not fire when normal typing happens. If a text edit field has the focus, none of these shortcuts will initiate an action or command.
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