[Libreoffice-ux-advise] to duplicate an existing style

Rafael Rocha Daud rrdaud at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 07:33:44 PDT 2011

Hi Regina, Astron, all,

Em 07-09-2011 18:07, libreoffice-ux-advise-request at lists.freedesktop.org 
> Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2011 23:06:34 +0200
> From: Regina Henschel<rb.henschel at t-online.de>
> Subject: Re: [Libreoffice-ux-advise] to duplicate an existing style
> Hi Astron,
> Astron schrieb:
>>> >>  I guess, that adding "Copy" to the page styles will be easier than adding a
>>> >>  linking feature. But I have not examined the code.
>> >
>> >  Could it be a good idea to just copy Scribus's behaviour [1]? It gives
>> >  you buttons for
>> >  [New]     [Clone]
>> >  [Import]  [Delete]
>> >  where "New" always creates a new empty style (that is, a copy of the
>> >  default style)  and "Clone" creates a copy of the currently selected
>> >  style (btw, I like "Duplicate", as initially proposed by Olivier, much
>> >  better as a name for the button). Inheritances can then be defined
>> >  later on.
> You need inheritance from the beginning to fill the fields with the
> inherited values. That there is no visual distinction between inherited
> and set values is a different problem.
I believe Astron's own proposal on the Paragraph Style window addresses 
this in an elegant way: 
Today we have only a one-liner list of definitions for the style. He 
suggested a box with one line for each definition, with columns for 
different informations. The list appears in the Organizer tab, and could 
allow to manage each definition directly from the Organizer tab (e.g. 
remove it from that style). Also, it should be quite simple to indicate 
there whether the definition is inherited, and even from what style 
(e.g.: "Inherited from Body Text") in a column inside that list.
> I would like to get the linking feature to the page style too, so that
> e.g. changing the margin in the parent style will also change the margin
> in the child style. Often there are only little differences between
> parent and child.
+1. Plus it would stop puzzling people because of the different behavior 
> You can it see the other way round too. Cloning is first "new with
> inheritance" and then "breaking the link".
> For inexperienced users, both cloning and linking should be shown, so
> that he has the chance to learn, that there is a feature "linking".
+1. I am up for easing the general comprehension of the way styles work.
> "Import" would be nice, because it is now hidden in the document
> template organizer.
>> >  Ultimately, I don't think inheritances are very intuitive [2] and
>> >  there is probably not a very good way to present them to the user, so
>> >  we might as well try to keep them out of the hands of at least
>> >  inexperienced users.
See above, Astron. I believe your own proposal solves that (you might 
disagree, since you designed it).
> Those inexperienced users will not use styles, far less create own styles.
> I have learned just, that cloning is already possible for page styles,
> but it is in a wrong place, see
> https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=12339
> Kind regards
> Regina

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