SEAS Memo Viewer/Editor

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Memo Manager

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Here the Memo Manager's Memo List depicts the memos associated with a question in an argument. It lists two memos including the Date that they were created/modified, their Subject, the Type of memo they are, whether or not they are Displayed as new memos, and their Author. Pushing the trash button adjacent to a memo will cause it to be deleted (if you are the author of that memo, then it is deleted from the system and will no longer be visible to anyone; if you are not the author, then deleting it will only remove it from your personal view, leaving it visible to others). Pushing the exit button dismisses the Memo List window. Pushing the new button or Edit button adjacent to a memo will bring up the New Memo window (immediately below); in the case of the Edit button, the window will be preloaded with the adjacent memo. If you are not an author of a memo, an Inspect button appears in place of an Edit button; pushing it will bring up the Memo window (as shown below). When the Display? option for a memo is on, it will appear as a new memo in other viewers (see far below).

Creating or Editing Memos

Memos are created by filling out all of the fields in the New Memo editor and pushing the ok or new button to submit them; the ok button will also dismiss this editor while the new button clears it, making it ready for the entry of another new memo. The close button will dismiss the editor without submitting any of the information entered or changed in the editor.

The memo Type indicates the purpose of the memo. Memos can be used to leave Instructions for others on how to use arguments/templates, to Critique an argument/template, to record overriding Assumptions, to attach a Summary, to state the Context within which this argument/template was/should be used, to indicate what is left To-Do, to indicate that an object is For-Review by others, or to attach a miscellaneous Comment. The Author and Audience function in exactly the same way as they do for arguments/templates: authors can modify the memo while members of the audience can view but not modify the memo. These fields are filled with the aid of a browser, invoked by pushing the adjacent Discovery buttons. Pushing the adjacent Trash button clears the field. The Subject tells the reader what the memo is about and the Text provides the details. Although memos resemble E-mail messages in many ways, they differ in only being seen when the object to which they are attached is viewed by members of the Audience or Authors.

Responses to Memos

Pushing an Inspect button adjacent to a memo or clicking on a memo's subject, will bring up the Memo window displaying the contents of that memo. If there are other Memos on the Same Subject, they will be listed below. Clicking on one of these will cause the contents of that memo to be displayed. In all cases, the memo whose contents is being displayed is highlighted in light blue. Pushing the delete button will cause the current memo to be deleted (as described above).

If the respond button is pressed, then the following Response Window will open. This provides a quick way to add a new memo on the same subject. It resembles and acts much like the New Memo window. While the response is being written, the Memos on the Same Subject includes a reference to this response highlighted in light red. Upon pressing the ok button the response memo is created; pressing the cancel button prior to the ok button will exit without creating a new memo.

New Memos in Other Viewers

If visible memos are attached to an object, viewable by you, they will appear in those displays where the object to which they are attached is visible, either in the form of a short synopsis (as shown below) or in its full form. Positioning the cursor over the subject of a memo will cause its contents to be displayed in a pop-up; clicking on the subject will open that memo in the Memo Viewer/Editor.

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