Principle of least surprise

Piet van Oostrum piet-l at
Fri Feb 8 09:04:54 UTC 2019

Wol <antlists at> writes:

> On 06/02/2019 22:33, Piet van Oostrum wrote:
>     Wols Lists wrote:
>      > On 06/02/19 16:08, Piet van Oostrum wrote:
>      > > Wol's lists <antlists at> writes:
>      > > 
>      > >> Dunno whether this is a bug or a design decision or what, but it's a
>      > >> pretty nasty breach of the principle ...
>      > >>
>      > >> Why, when I click on a cell, does calc NOT select the clicked cell?
>      > >>
>      > >> Okay, I know the answer - it's a hyperlink. BUT.
>      > >>
>      > >> I was editing a csv, I've got a column of email addresses, and some of
>      > >> them have been hyperlinked, some of them haven't. I don't want
>      > >> hyperlinks, I didn't ask for hyperlinks, and I can't see any way of
>      > >> easily removing them!
>      > >>
>      > > Format > Clear Direct Formatting (Ctrl-M on my Mac).
>      > > 
>      > But clicking on the cell doesn't select it so <ctrl>M doesn't work! :-)
>      > 
>     You could click in a nearby cell and move to it with the arrows.
> Sorry, I don't know whether it's my poor English or that you aren't a native speaker, but you seem
> to be completely missing my main point.
> Clicking in a cell to select it is such a basic piece of spreadsheet functionality, that for it to
> not work is a major problem. Things like that should work ONE HUNDRED percent of the time, not
> ninety-nine percent. Any safety guy will tell you that something that nearly always works is
> actually far more dangerous than something that keeps going wrong.
> Oh - and I've just played with the same spreadsheet in Excel. That fucks it up too, just not quite
> so dangerously. It selects the cell, which is good, but launches the link at the same time. So at
> least you get a clear visual surprise, unlike Calc which just silently fails to work as expected
> ...

No need to SHOUT. I agree that selecting a cell just by clicking is a basic functionality. And so is following a link when you click on it. So now there is a conflict of interests. It would be nice if you had the option to choose which one you prefer, because this is user-dependent. Apparently LO choose to give the link priority. So if you don't like that, switch off the links. See the part of my post that you cut out.
Piet van Oostrum <piet-l at>
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