[Libreoffice-ux-advise] Disabling file opening and saving in print preview mode

Kohei Yoshida kohei.yoshida at gmail.com
Thu May 31 19:22:14 PDT 2012

On Thu, 2012-05-31 at 19:26 +0200, Rainer Bielefeld wrote:
> Kohei Yoshida schrieb:
> > What do you think about disabling these operations while in print
> > preview mode?
> Hi,
> My POV: I would LIKE a "save (or better: close) and reopen in PP mode" 
> for some  WRITER  documents. Those are data sheets and small catalogs, 
> what mostly are opened to print some pages of the document as attachment 
> for a delivery of goods or similar. So my suggestion would have been 
> "let WRITER documents open documents in PP mode if they have been saved 
> from PP mode", in some cases that saves some mouse clicks.

Well, unfortunately we will probably have to adopt the Writer way (of
never opening in PP mode) in Calc too, due to the limitation I already
outlined in my other mails.  The preview window needs parts of the view
properties transferred from the main Calc window when it launches, and
if we launch the preview window first before we initialize the view
properties in the main Calc window first, we'd lose that opportunity.
This may have worked okay in the past when we didn't do any clever
pagination in the preview mode.  But now we do more sophisticated
pagination based on selected sheets, losing the proper initialization in
the main Calc window would be detrimental...

> But that is a very low-value desire.

And hopefully you'll be okay with it.

> Currently Writer always will open in normal view mode (or Web view), 
> even if the document has been saved from PP mode.
> So we should eliminate that inconsistence by always opening documents in 
> Normal View (or Page break preview mode, if selected), even if document 
> has been saved from PP view. But I do not recommend to disable "save" as 
> long as PP is active. That would be inconsistent compared to writer and 
> might be worrying. Simply ignore "was in PP mode when has been saved".

Then I would propose disabling save in Writer too.  I have enough
reasons to believe that, in Calc at least, saving the document from the
preview mode would never work to everyone's satisfaction.  It would
always leave some weird corner cases even if we fix this particular bug
that Terrence reported.


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