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

V Stuart Foote VStuart.Foote at utsa.edu
Thu Jul 20 15:27:05 UTC 2017

Heiko, *

Will do,  but would point out that we are not "adding" the feature it is
already there and functions well. It has been removed with no replacement in
the refactored dialog.

I would liken its function to the expandable "Formula bar Input line" in
Calc, and the Commands Window in the Math formula editor.  Like these, it
provides the UI for input of text strings (e.g. a place name,  or several
proper names localized)  in any script without dependence on an OS supported

In that context it is an essential tool for supporting Unicode in general
and polyglot usage. I'd say that is far more than 5% of our users.


> From: Heiko Tietze
> Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:46 AM
> To: V Stuart Foote
> Cc: libreoffice-ux-advise at lists.freedesktop.org
> Subject: Re: [Libreoffice-ux-advise] GSOC work on Special Character dialog
> Hi Stuart,
> I'm definitely against a line edit to combine characters. There is no good
> use case, at least I cannot see it, and you could do this very special
> task with external tools. If we add such a feature, the nice and clean
> dialog becomes overloaded by rarely used features. Usability is to focus
> on the task (find and insert _one_ special character) and to ignore the 5%
> corner cases.
> But I'm not the product owner. So my recommendation is that you write a
> ticket and bring your concerns to discussion there (please block
> tdf#109207). Hope my POV will be supported ;-).
> Cheers,
> Heiko

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