Task is marked when subtasks are due
The main advantage of Taskcoach over other software is the possibility to arrange tasks schematically. However, if subtasks are due, this is not indicated at the parent tasks. I have to open all tasks to see if subtasks are due. Suggestion: a parent task inherits the child which is due first.
The current release has this partly implemented.
The way it works, when parents are collapsed, it will show due dates from subtasks in parentheses in appropriate columns (other dates too).
But we haven’t figured out the best options for whether to change the icon color or text color of parents based on subtasks. Should just the icon change? Just the text? Only date-related text? When collapsed only or all the time?
Please share any suggestions below in comments. What do you all think is the best way this should work?
AdminAaron Wolf (Admin, Task Coach) commented
This concern could be solved by implementing two other requests I just added:
This feature would be great... no need to add more columns... At the moment a due / over due subtask is marked with orange dot... or red dot The parent task has a blue folder icon. Maybe the folder colour could change in accordance with the over due --subtask status... and show the summary of the subtask's info... like the dot colour / due date / priority etc. Thus when a parent task is collapsed the folder icon shows the status of the subtask within the substructure. the use then knows that there is a task that needs attention... the red or orange parent folder alerts the user to open or expand the folder... to see what needs to be competed. Thus the parent act as nothing more than a summary of its sub tasks. I know some people want parent task to be independant of the subtask... thus maybe this could be a choice in the preferences box... like... "Do you want the parent task to inherit the subtasks behaviour or status?" thus the user could make this choice. Thank you for your attention.
Note that sorting of tasks by due date does take the due dates of sub tasks into account. One solution would be to add another column (e.g. "nearest due date"), but then we would need to add similar columns for start date and completion date as well. We already have a lot of columns, so I'm a bit reluctant about that solution. Do you another suggestion, maybe?