[Libreoffice] [Libreoffice-ux-advise] UI disaster on Windows: soffice -h

Andras Timar timar74 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 02:53:11 PST 2012

2012/1/9 Michael Meeks <michael.meeks at suse.com>:
> Hi Andras,
> On Sat, 2012-01-07 at 23:56 +0100, Andras Timar wrote:
>> I've just found this feature, soffice -h displays a dialog box on
>> Windows with some help text.
>        Heh - what fun :-)
>> Problems:
>> 1. Dialog is not localisable. Help text comes from const char arrays
>> in desktop/source/app/cmdlinehelp.cxx
>        Hey ho - it's reliable and quick to get I suppose; but I see no real
> problems moving it out into a .src file and translating it.
>> 2. Help text is clipped, there is not enough room on the dialog.
>> 3. If I resized the dialog, it would not fit on a 1024x768 screen.
>        It's all pretty horrible really; we have this beautiful document /
> layout engine and we go and do nasty things like this for (essentially)
> pages of the documentation ;-) Could we not throw up the help browser
> instead showing a page with this content ? There is already just such a
> help page ;-) presumably it is already translated, and then perhaps we
> could kill those strings in cmdlinehelp.cxx almost completely.

Indeed, there is
helpcontent2/source/text/shared/guide/start_parameters.xhp but it is
outdated. Maybe I can update it quickly...

I'll also try what Stephan suggested, i.e. if we can print to stdout
in Windows, too.


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