[Libreoffice-ux-advise] Button ordering can now adapt to desktop default ... in some places

Mirek M. mazelm at gmail.com
Thu May 9 10:54:09 PDT 2013

On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM, Stefan Knorr <heinzlesspam at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> during the ESC call, it was discussed that some dialogues can now
> reorder their bottom [OK] [Cancel] etc. buttons to match the button
> ordering of the desktop.
> I.e., on Windows or KDE we'd have a [OK] [Cancel] row, and on
> Mac/Gnome we'd have a [Cancel] [OK] row. Personally, I think that is
> really cool!
> Unfortunately, the big wart here is the "some dialogues" part: if such
> an important part of our UI is inconsistent, that is really just
> asking for a lot of bug reports.
> The underlying problem is something alogn the lines that people don't
> actually read buttons (maybe the first time they use the dialogue, but
> certainly not later on) – they more or less blindly click where they
> think the affirmative action is sitting. Within the context of
> LibreOffice that used to be either the far left (horizontal button
> row) or the top (vertical button row) [1].
> So, we'd need a way to keep this consistent until almost every
> dialogue is converted to be able to use native ordering ... without
> stopping people from testing the native ordering.
> => Experimental mode for now?

Sounds good.

> Astron.
> [1] The one unfortunate exception in stable releases are the Load/Save
> dialogues – they are using the native button ordering. I think people
> recognise these as system dialogues since they look nothing like
> LibreOffice either, so it is not as huge a problem.
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