Casey Bralla on 23 Aug 2011 04:31:36 -0700

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[PLUG] Need AJAX to Select an Item Ideas

I'm writing a web-based project management application.  The user will be
entering tasks and I would like to include dependancies in these tasks
(eg: You can only screw in the new lightbulb after the old lightbulb has
been removed, so don't schedule the new lightbulb task before the the
removal task).

Ideally, I'd like to be able to drag-n-drop tasks into their proper order,
but think this would be too hard for me to code (I'm very weak on
javascript).  The next best thing I thought of was to have the user select
a task, then select the dependant task.   Then a pop-up window would
appear that would allow the user to establish the relationship between the
tasks (start-to-start, or start-to-finish, etc).

I've also thought of simply using check marks to select the tasks, but
this seems like it would be very clunky.  Of course, ease of use is a
critical requirement.

The number of tasks for any one project probably will not exceed a dozen
or 2, so I think that will help keep the system managable.

Can anyone point me to a good example of using javascript to select an
item on a web page?

Does anybody have any suggestions for how to approach this?

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