As mentioned in last week’s This Week in Solid the data browser team at inrupt are about to introduce a new feature into the Solid data browser that will affect the number of views that are presented by default.
We are introducing a feature we call User types. These are classes denoting some type of user that you can self-assign to help the data browser reason which views and functionality that is probably interesting to you. These settings is stored in your preferences, which are private by default, and we don’t assign any user types to anyone by default.
The reason for why we are doing this is ultimately to create a better onboarding experience. The current number of views and features that are available to users by default is very high - we have almost 40 views (aka panes) bundled with the data browser. Some of these are also difficult or confusing to use, so we want to hide them from new users and reintroduce them when we’ve made their functionality more accessible to non-technical users.
The user types that we are introducing are Developer and Power User. You can self-assign them via Preferences, which are or will become available through the Dashboard. You can test it on dev.inrupt.net, which sports the latest version of the data browser.