[Libreoffice-ux-advise] Unified behaviour of all LibreOffice applications
daniel.mania at umb.no
Mon Apr 30 04:37:24 PDT 2012
I have been reading some discussions on this mailing list and I would
like to make a proposal that is probably extremely difficult to set into
The behaviour of all LibreOffice applications should be similar.
This actually was a bug report some time ago, but bugs.freedesktop.org
is certainly the wrong place for it ...
Here are some examples of what I mean with "unified behaviour":
- Rotation of images is possible in in Draw but not in Writer
- Editing grouped objects in Draw is done (elegantly!) by double
clicking the group and exiting the group by double clicking anywhere
outside of the group. In writer one has to enter a group via the context
menu and exits the group via a single click which often happens by accident.
- Impress has its own special way to apply styles and breaks with Writer
and Calc in that respect. This is very difficult to comprehend and leads
to frustration for beginners.
- Some objects can only be grouped in Draw but not in Writer.
- Tables in Writer are clumsy and should be replaced with embedded Calc
tables (this can be done manually but then Writer changes the size of
embedded table every now and then and thereby renders them ugly, which
is probably a bug)
In general, all LibreOffice applications should have the same set of
functions (image rotation, grouping, ...) and should be usable in the
same or similar way (application of styles, ...). This could be
accomplished by using a "shared LibreOffice core" for these functions
and interaction of the different applications with each other
("embedded" Calc spread sheet in Writer, ...).
Right now it looks like the different applications are being developed
in different directions and thereby breaking the "Office concept".
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