[Libreoffice-ux-advise] [Libreoffice] [PATCH] Make the toolbars not popping-up randomly
christoph at dogmatux.com
Fri Nov 18 14:56:39 PST 2011
Hi Cor, hi all!
Am Freitag, den 18.11.2011, 23:08 +0100 schrieb Cor Nouws:
> Christoph Noack wrote (18-11-11 22:01)
> > Well, I think I don't get everything from the technical description,
> With the patch, initially the pop-up-behaving toolbars are docked above
> the status bar.
Thanks for the explanation!
> > so I really have to try.
Well, since I wanted to try out other features as well, I've installed a
recent daily build and here are some comments. Before I start, I really
have to say that the concept derived from OOo has its disadvantages
(whether the toolbars are floating ones or docked).
According to my tryout:
* If toolbars appear at the bottom, they might not be noticed
easily recognized (not within the "primary area of focus").
Especially since there is a connection "click on the object" ->
"toolbar appears" which enables learning for the user.
* Toolbars are "horizontally stacked". Thus, on my VM system
(medium resolution display) working in a table (toolbar #1) with
bullets (toolbar #2) is hard. Only two buttons from toolbar #2
are available. Thus, I fear that some people might not even
notice its existance. (There may be other examples.)
* If users have rather large screens, then the mouse travel
distance is increased.
* When we've presented some proposals within the OOo Renaissance
project, people "mentioned" that vertical space is valuable due
to widescreen displays.
Consequently: Whilst I'm thinking that its better for users who know
OOo / LibO well, it may make things tough for new users.
Unfortunately, I have no better solution at the moment - without
changing the concept that much. But maybe the points I've raised help to
judge the impact ... maybe there are also other ideas around.
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