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tag cloud?

Currently the tags are displayed as a linear list sorted by usage count. It makes a much better contextual UI if it was a tag cloud (ie) tag is bigger depending on how often it is used. It intuitively makes more sense than a sorted list IMO

mether's avatar
asked 2011-07-26 10:53:44 -0600
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maybe as an option. where do you want the tag cloud - in the side bar or tags page? I don't mind creating an optional widget for that. Not a big fan of tag clouds though...
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-07-26 13:50:03 -0600) edit
sidebar as a replacement for the linear list. I am not fan of tag clouds either but it seems to be more usable than a linear list. Site option is the best because it allows me to experiment and figure out what works best for users setting aside my personal preferences
mether's avatar mether (2011-07-26 14:21:57 -0600) edit
Looks like NoahY implemented tag clouds, fast gun :). We'll see how it works soon.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-07-26 14:23:33 -0600) edit
Heh... should've refreshed this page before posting.
NoahY's avatar NoahY (2011-07-26 16:18:57 -0600) edit
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Okay, I've implemented this on my github fork:

NoahY's avatar
answered 2011-07-26 16:18:24 -0600
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Hi NoahY, very nice. The tag cloud looks good on the sidebar, but IMO not very readable on the tags page, just too much text crammed into the page. I've also sent a couple of emails to the email I found in the git log, there are two things I noticed that will need a fix. I will take one more look tomorrow using a diff between a bunch of commits. Thanks!!!
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-07-26 18:28:03 -0600) edit
Ah, sorry, i don' t actually check that email address :* I noticed a couple of mistakes as well, that I had fixed on my production server but not in the dev. Sorry. It's all fixed up now, and I'll look at your emails presently.
NoahY's avatar NoahY (2011-07-26 21:09:49 -0600) edit
I kind of like the tag cloud on the tags page, but then I have fewer tags than :) I think the point is that with css the user has total control over how it looks, since we give them 10 classes to customize. e.g. this page:
NoahY's avatar NoahY (2011-07-26 21:44:40 -0600) edit
Ok, it can be improved later, I think bigger fonts will be necessary for the tags page and maybe even for all clouds. I've tested your code (up to yesterdays). The tests pass, which is awesome, I'll take one more look at the diff of all your work and then merge.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-07-28 10:43:01 -0600) edit
great! let me know if there's anything else I can do.
NoahY's avatar NoahY (2011-07-28 21:42:40 -0600) edit
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