[IPython-dev] Help testing new UI for the notebook

Fernando Perez fperez.net at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 21:20:34 EST 2012

Hey Brian,

On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM, Brian Granger <ellisonbg at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have developed a new menu based UI for the notebook.  There are two versions:

Thanks for the awesome work!

> * One that uses Wjimo (a jQuery widget library):
> https://github.com/ellisonbg/ipython/tree/wijmoize
> This Wijmo based version was my first attempt.  Wijmo has a very
> polished look (we have been using one of its themes "Aristo" for
> months now).  But, as I got going, I found that the usability of the
> menus was lacking.  The menu flyout animation is clunky and slow, I
> can't get the menus to open with a click (only on mouseover) and there
> are lots of minor glitches.  Documentation is also not great and no
> one has replied to multiple posts on their forums.

This, and the comments you made further in response to Aaron, worries
me greatly in going with Wijmo.  I don't mind that they have a
commercial version, but the fact that their development model is
closed and non-responsive to your queries is very problematic in my

Furthermore, in trying both options side-by-side, I actually don't
find the jquery one ugly at all due to the lack of theming.  It's a
bit spartan, but perfectly functional.  It's also fairly tight in
terms of whitespace, which as you know is something I'm obsessively
picky about (and hugely annoyed with recent trends in apps like gmail,
that seem to now be burning whitespace like it's going out of

So after trying both, and based on the feedback you provided, I'm
massively +1 in going forward with jquery.  It's a bummer that we have
to use a dev branch for now, but hopefully that's temporary.  And
given that this is carried in our tree anyways, this is in no way a
problem for our users who don't see this directly.



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