[Libreoffice-ux-advise] A sheet by default

Mirek M. mazelm at gmail.com
Mon May 21 02:55:06 PDT 2012

2012/5/21 Jean-Francois Nifenecker <jean-francois.nifenecker at laposte.net>

> Le 21/05/2012 11:33, Mirek M. a écrit :
>  Hi everyone,
>> I'm wondering -- is there a good reason for creating a spreadsheet with
>> three sheets by default instead of with one sheet?
>> I feel that creating three sheets by default unnecessarily increases the
>> document size and confuses readers of the document, as they have to look
>> through all three sheets to see if there is additional content -- and
>> they often don't anymore, as they're used to those two sheets being
>> empty. That means they're potentially missing out on data should the
>> creator have chosen to actually use those two additional sheets.
>> Could we make the default one sheet?
> As for the file size, here's a test I've just done (Lib0 3.3.4):
> Open LibO Calc. Enter "A" in Sheet1.A1,
> then
> Save as-is (3 default sheets), the file size is 7,413 B
> Delete the 2 unused sheets, then save. Now the file size is 7,398 B
> -> is a 15 B difference such a big deal?

No, not really. But it is unnecessary.

> As for the users' confusion: yes, it might be.

I personally have experience with this -- someone sent me a spreadsheet
which did use the second sheet and I was not aware of it, which of course
lead to some confusion and frustration.

> OTOH, I think it might also help users understand a spreadsheet can hold
> more than one sheet.

I disagree. A user should realize that just by looking at the bar with
sheets and seeing the plus button next to "Sheet 1".
Browsers open with one tab by default -- users don't have a problem
understanding that you can have several tabs. And I definitely think
browsers should NOT open with three tabs by default.
Or take a look at Impress -- it opens with one slide by default, and people
have no problem understanding that they can create another slide, despite
the fact that the "+" button is quite far from the slide pane.

> As a result, I'd stay with the current 3 default sheets scheme.
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