[Libreoffice-ux-advise] Advice on adding Smart-Art related settings

Miklos Vajna vmiklos at collabora.co.uk
Wed Oct 2 05:44:48 PDT 2013

Hi Jacobo,

On Wed, Oct 02, 2013 at 11:30:31AM +0200, Jacobo Aragunde Pérez <jaragunde at igalia.com> wrote:
> In my opinion, the default behaviour should be SmartArt becoming
> immutable on import.

That would be a regression, I'm afraid, since by default ATM you can do

> With the current one, a user can change the shapes
> but those changes won't be exported back to docx and that's confusing.

Indeed. Read the original rationale here:


There we agreed that if the objects are modified (search for "mutate"),
then these invisible properties should be dropped. (That's not the case
ATM, but it should be this way in the long run.) That way if the user
edits the shape, it'll be exported as a normal group shape, so the edit
of the user is not lost.

> Finally, maybe we should call this option "SmartArt to LibreOffice
> shapes or reverse", since we are not involving Draw in this process.
> Besides, Draw exporting is already different: embedded Draw in a
> document is exported as a .emf file inside the .docx.

Indeed, "shapes" or "group shape" (actually a SmartArt is imported as a
group shape) would be a better description than "Draw", you're right.

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