Viewing tasks and projects as a timeline

You may view projects, phases and tasks in a Gantt chart manner arranged as a timeline. This feature allows a quick overview of the temporal relations of your tasks, phases and projects and their status. The visualization works likewise for other time-related objects like ap­point­ments, polls, votings and appointment schedulings.

The timeline visualization is an optional feature and has to be activated for your BSCW server by the server administrator. Also, JavaScript has to be enabled.

You may create a timeline view for tasks, phases and projects contained in the current folder (and its subfolders) in the following way.

      Select  GoTo    Timeline  in the top menu of the current folder.

      In the action form, you may select the ‘Time interval’, i.e. the temporal unit, for your timeline. Choose the monthly interval for a coarser representation and the weekly for a more fine-grained. Check the type of objects to be shown in the timeline re­pre­sen­tation. Besides projects, phases and tasks, you may have also shown other time-related types of objects: appointments, polls, votings and appointment schedul­ings.

      Hit [OK] to create the timeline representation in a separate browser window.

The timeline window shows in its upper part all time-related objects of the types that you have selected, which are contained in the current folder and its subfolders. Each object is re­presented by its icon and name at a position in the timeline corresponding to its start time; if an end time is given, the temporal extension of the object is indicated by a bar above the icon, which is coloured according to the object status. The colour codes are explained in a caption at the bottom of the timeline window.

You may click on an object name or icon to get additional information in a tooltip. Within the tool­tip you may click on the object name to open the object in the original browser tab. A time­line visualization itself is read-only, i.e. you may not edit or delete any of the objects shown in this view nor add new objects.

You may scroll the timeline either by using cursor arrows or by using the mouse: click on the view, hold mouse button down and move left or right. The lower part of the timeline gives a broader temporal context and may be used for quicker mouse scrolling. Here, objects are in­di­cated by a small vertical bar at their start time (only projects are also indicated by their name).

Close the timeline view by closing its browser window.