[Libreoffice-ux-advise] [Bug 72662] Be able to see different measurement units for line versus page properties (e.g. pt and in)

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Fri Nov 30 15:03:09 UTC 2018


--- Comment #6 from Luke <lukebenes at hotmail.com> ---
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #5)
> Removing needUX. The idea is to introduce a numerical stepper control which
> holds the values as well as the corresponding units. 

Not sure that I understand what you are proposing. I am a user who needs this
feature. I have literally toggled the sole "measurement unit" option between
'point' and 'inch' hundreds of times in my life. There is no reason that I
should know this feature by heart. The solution is simple: we need sane
defaults. I just check Word Perfect and MS Word. As expected, both of them
measure line widths and spacing in points. We measure them in our default unit,
inches. This is illogical and wrong.

There very well established industry standards. Fonts and line spacing are
measured in points. This is typography 101. The whole point of units is to
interact with others, and this is an established standard for the field. 

The primary fix should not be to clutter the UI with more options. We just need
sane defaults. If we must allow customizing of units normally measured in
points, then have 2 measurement options. A primary for your ruler and object
lengths. A secondary for more specialized typography uses such as fonts width,
line spacing, and line width. 

But sane defaults would have prevents me from toggling the "measurement unit"
99% of the time. It sounds to me like the proposed solution is over engineered
and over complicated.

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