[Libreoffice-ux-advise] GSOC work on Special Character dialog

V Stuart Foote VStuart.Foote at utsa.edu
Sat Jul 8 19:13:52 UTC 2017

@Samuel, Heiko, Akshay, *

Looks like Akshay is making progress on his GSOC special character dialog
work. But I am concerned that the "Characters" edit bar of the dialog has
been dropped from the UI. And  now only have the new "Recent Characters"
glyph boxes available.

Functionally the Characters/edit bar allows one to assemble a string for
insertion into a document by picking multiple glyphs from the selected
active font with a shaped/rendered preview, and then to insert the entire
string to document canvas. This is VERY necessary for efficient input of
content from different language/scripts than current text body where the
"preview" of the Characters/edit bar lets one review the string prior to

The double-click Pick/Place behavior as we seem to be shifting to is simply
not as efficient and actually slows down string input making it a single
character at a time process.   Not clear there is a valid justification for
dropping the "Characters"  edit bar, please have another look and add back
that function.


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