[Libreoffice] LO status bar annoyances

Joe Smith jes at martnet.com
Tue Nov 30 09:30:39 PST 2010

On 11/30/2010 09:54 AM, Kohei Yoshida wrote:
> Sorry I have to disagree there.  I'm the one who put that icon there,
> and the reason for that was to have a visually obvious way to tell
> whether or not the document is currently modified.  A lot of people were
> using the save icon status for that purpose, but some users (including
> myself) also didn't like the fact that you can't always save the
> document especially when the app *thinks* it's not modified (note: there
> are times when the document is marked unmodified, but some data are
> modified such as the cursor position, zoom level etc.).
> In response to this, LibreOffice provides a configuration option...

Is there a use case to justify exposing any of this to users?

 From what I've seen, users only expect one thing: a way to reliably 
save their work.

A "force save" function could be useful in some unusual situations, but 
it's only interesting to experts. Provide it as a function that can be 
bound if needed, or just use Save As and don't change the name.

Some feedback as to whether the save request was completed is nice but 
optional. If present, it should be unobtrusive and not (permanently) 
shown on the status bar. A mysterious but attention-grabbing icon 
definitely seems a step in the wrong direction.

I think Sebastian has raised a number of good points. Forcing users to 
deal with stuff that only experts care about is a huge problem with OOo; 
I sincerely hope LibO can do better.


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