[Digikam-devel] [Bug 128533] Why nested tags? What about freeform/freestyle tagging?

Dragan Espenschied drx at a-blast.org
Sun Jun 4 19:24:36 BST 2006

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------- Additional Comments From drx a-blast org  2006-06-04 20:24 -------
I strongy encourage you to try out del.icio.us and flickr to see how tagging works there. You might also want to look at the Video/Audio editing software "Vegas" by Sony that uses such a tagging system to organize its library of sound and video clips.

For digiKam i suggest to use a similiar approach: Place a text input field under every picture. Tags should be entered separated by spaces. If a tag does not exist yet, it will be automatically created.

In a tag view, the user should see all the tags. By clicking on a tag, the pictures tagged like this should be visible, with their tags as "links" below them. When such a link is clicked, all the pictures with the first selected tag and the second selected tag should be visible ... like this you can easily refine your view. It is a nested structure on demand.

Like it is now made, tagging is very similiar to nested folders. What i can actually do is to place a picture into several nested "tag folders". The creation of new tags is as complicated as it is to manage hierarchical folders ... you have to chose your hierarchy level, select a menu entry "new tag" etc ... this is quite clumsy.

Tagging is only useful when the user does not spend most time organizing hierarchies, as it is already the case with the hierarchical file system.

I would recommend to adapt this "popular" tagging approach of flickr, del.icio.us etc, not only because it is very practical, but also because it is becoming a standard of what users expect when they hear the word "tagging".

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