Indiana's proposal for popup with description
The basic need is to surface resource descriptions, since this is a common faculty complaint
IU's proposal is a pop-up/hover frame that displays the description. IU is going to be rolling this out by the end of the month, and has an interest in seeing this merged with the Resources tool
There is no disagreement about the value of surfacing descriptions, but it's not clear that a pop-up would be the best way to do this:
descriptions can get quite long - couldn't this be a problem?
there are already complaints about the current pop-up menus; wouldn't a new pop-up simply exacerbate this?
a pop-up tacitly states that the description is secondary, but isn't it often more important than most of the fields already displayed by the Resources tool?
the Resources Viewer already treats this problem, although that can argue both for and against the pop-up solution (e.g. if the viewing is happening in RV, clutter in the Resources listing may be a little less worrisome)
if we're going to do a pop-up, maybe it should show more than just the description
picture on how someone else has done this: http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=327097697&size=o
We should move ahead with IU's proposal in a new branch, and then conduct some usability testing with it
Action item: someone at IU will create a Jira for this, following the new convention, and the new branch will be named after this JIRA
we may include this for 2.5 (with options to enable it, but off by default), depending on usability testing and other community feedback