Pop-up papercasting

I think papercasting is amusing. A lot of my work at Sun is critical in nature, meaning I feel much of my added value comes during the review phase of various documents (whether that document is text or code). A week ago, I spent a morning working on paper while my car was being serviced; as a typical engineering interval, I thought my working notes might be of interest to someone.

Reading them over, I realized that the notes rely too much on my context, which papercasting wouldn't fix. Hence, a little browser scripting and pop-up papercasting becomes a way to fill in the background on what some of the tasks mean.

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<script src="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/resources/sch/pcast.js"> </script> <script> lastVisible = document.getElementById("caption_20050505"); var a = document.getElementById("pc_20050505_javacity"); a.onmouseover = pcast_over; a.caption = "caption_20050505"; a = document.getElementById("pc_20050505_lamy"); a.onmouseover = pcast_over; a.caption = "caption_20050505"; a = document.getElementById("pc_20050505_arc_contract"); a.onmouseover = pcast_over; a.caption = "caption_20050505"; a = document.getElementById("pc_20050505_manifest_hash"); a.onmouseover = pcast_over; a.caption = "caption_20050505"; a = document.getElementById("pc_20050505_jwadams_review_0"); a.onmouseover = pcast_over; a.linkedTo = new Array("pc_20050505_jwadams_review_1"); a.caption = "caption_20050505"; a = document.getElementById("pc_20050505_jwadams_review_1"); a.onmouseover = pcast_over; a.linkedTo = new Array("pc_20050505_jwadams_review_0"); a.caption = "caption_20050505"; a = document.getElementById("pc_20050505_pizza_lunch"); a.onmouseover = pcast_over; a.caption = "caption_20050505"; </script>

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Comments:

Neato-- but a minor usability problem is that on my laptop's 1024x768 screen, it wasn't obvious that the rollover items were being filled out below the "page" itself-- I simply couldn't fit enough on the screen. Perhaps you could use a div with absolute positioning and some CSS instead, to pop up the explanation nearer to the highlight?

Posted by Dan Price on May 10, 2005 at 08:37 PM PDT #

@Dan: I didn't want to popup over other targets, although I could reconsider. I think the next step would be to reduce and crop the image. (Actually, I think all of my photos are too big for 1024 &times; 768 or 800 &times; 600 systems.) &mdash; Stephen

Posted by Stephen on May 11, 2005 at 05:45 AM PDT #

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