[mb-users] Displaying recording & work relationships on release pages
oliver.g.charles.work at gmail.com
Thu Aug 25 15:40:22 UTC 2011
I'm currently working on a few tickets which involve displaying more
relationships on the main release page. There are 2 options, display
relationships inline with the tracklist (as it was previously done),
and a new option is to summarize relationships after the tracklist, in
a more "scan-able" format. I've implemented both options, to various
degrees, but both seem to have pros and cons and a decision couldn't
easily be reached over in IRC.
Firstly, some examples.
You can see the relationship-inline approach on test.musicbrainz.org
at the moment,  for example. On some releases, such as Play With
the Changes, there is a vast amount of information and it becomes
*very* noisy. So the alternative solution is to summarize
relationships, which I've done in  (screenshot). However, it's been
argued it's hard to use  to find missing information on a specific
track. Personally, I think you still have access to this information,
you just have to click the track.
In my opinion, I see  as having more potential. My plans for this are:
* To include some information inline in the tracklist. For
example, links to works and recordings (remix, cover, etc) would be
good to have here, because they only tend to appear once
* Include a summary of instruments on the release. This would be a
new section 'Instruments', with the same type of table, except each
row group would be an instrument, and the contents would be all
performers of that instrument. See  for a plain text mockup.
I'd like to know which direction people want me to go on this. Maybe
you think  is a horrible solution, and can never be workable (if
so, tell me and explain why!). Or maybe  was a horrible idea for
MusicBrainz, and you're glad to see it removed. Either way, I'd like
to hear your opinion.
If you need more information, please let me know.
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