The iGoogle Canvas View Experiment

iGoogle Developer Blog announces that the canvas view — an experimental version of iGoogle is going will and that more US English users will be a part of the experiment. In anticipation of this, we're going to hold a special IRC event on improving existing gadgets by adding a canvas view. During the two hour session, show us your XML […]

iGoogle Developer Blog announces that the canvas view — an experimental version of iGoogle is going will and that more US English users will be a part of the experiment.

In anticipation of this, we're going to hold a special IRC event on improving existing gadgets by adding a canvas view. During the two hour session, show us your XML and we'll offer suggestions on how you can turn it into a great canvas view gadget. And of course, its a great time to work through any issues you are having in developing canvas view gadgets. To join us, visit the #opensocial channel on irc.freenode.net next Tuesday (9/23) from 1-3 PDT.

Canvas view is one of the features from a major update for iGoogle [here] that will bring support for OpenSocial gadgets, activity streams and more social apps. The trouble is that Google randomly selected a list of users to join the experiment, without providing a way to opt-out*. Most people didn't understand the implications of the update and only noticed the new design (the horizontal tabs have been replaced by a vertical menu), the missing functionality (you can't move a gadget to a different tab) and the broken gadgets (Gmail's canvas view displays the messages inside iGoogle, but it doesn't have a reply button).

Source:→ Google System