Tasks are long-running processes that TrialGrid runs in the background. Import of Projects/Drafts, running of Diagnostics and generation of PDF output are all processes that are queued and run in the background. Once a process has been queued (e.g. during the processing of a Draft upload) a user can navigate to some other page of the system and the Task will continue to run and progress will be reported in the task-dropdown at the top right of the page.
Once a Task has completed, it will appear in the tasks list. A Task that generates an output (e.g. a new Draft) will provide a link to the completed output.
When a Task completes, it signals the user with an Alert (see Alerts.)