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

Heiko Tietze tietze.heiko at googlemail.com
Mon Jul 10 11:25:34 UTC 2017

Hi Stuart,

this modification is being done intentionally. I don't see the benefit
from clicking <FOO> (into the edit bar) plus Insert (to actually
insert the string) compared to double-click <F><O><O> which inserts
the chars into the document and adds them to the list of recently
used. One click less (okay, two more if you count double-click twice).
But more important, we focus on the actual workflow. I doubt the
usefulness of compiling a string from the special chars, and at least
90% users will use only a few special chars but never make a special
The workflow/design was introduced in 2015 at
without concerns about lost functionality.


2017-07-08 21:13 GMT+02:00 V Stuart Foote <VStuart.Foote at utsa.edu>:
> @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
> insertion.
> 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.
> Stuart
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