I posted this earlier, but I'm not sure anyone saw it...
Here's a functional prototype of what I mentioned last week.
It's only got 8 woods in the database right now, but it gives you an
Right now, I'm envisioning two major improvements. First, instead of a
one-page form with all of the questions on it, I'm thinking of having
one question per page, where you go through them one at a time. The
advantage here would be that each page could have some images which
describe the question. For example, there could be a set of images
that indicate what is meant by "faint rings" versus "distinct rings",
The other improvement that I'd like to make is to make it easy for a
set of users of the system to be able to add new woods but, more
importantly, to give their vote on the properties of existing woods.
Then, the system would average everybody's votes to arrive at a value
for that wood.
And a third idea that I just had is to have the user indicate whether
they're trying to identify a veneer, some flatsawn, or some
quartersawn wood, since the presence of rays, rings, and pores could
be different between these different cuts for the same wood.
Any other suggestions for moving forward with this? Some additional
questions to add to the database, or some other UI ideas?