Minutes from the UX/design meeting 2021-Aug-21

Heiko Tietze heiko.tietze at documentfoundation.org
Thu Aug 12 13:02:37 UTC 2021

Present: Heiko
Comments: Gabor, Uwe, Jay, Stuart, Roman, Sibit, Luke, Mike, Csongor, Jan, Timur


  * UI: Autocorrect -> Autocompletion: Option to manually add things to the list
    + https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=143348
    + being able to directly interact with a list supports confidence
    + having an edit field also allows to add shorter words
    => let's do it

  * Empty table cell cannot be selected
    + https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=105828
    + Options - Writer - Formatting Aids shows the hidden character
      which allows to select empty cells (Gabor)
    + show a marker on empty cells when formatting aids is disabled
      + bad solution for users who want plain WYSIWYG
    + access needs to be simple (Uwe)
    + actually it's still unclear why cells are ignored (whether per
      click or via cursor right); a new empty table does not have this
    + the empty cells in the test document have set the hidden character
      attribute, so adding content does not show anyway
    + selecting hidden characters is not possible, it works like a cell
    => NAB

  * START CENTER: A GUI means to filter the thumbnail view list of
    MRU recent documents by module
    + https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=80934
    + hovering over the modules button could grey out documents that
      open with other modules (Jay)
      + to allow scrolling the UI might keep this filter for some
        seconds or until escape is pressed (Stuart)
    + more demands from bug 143593 (search) and bug 72671 (filter)
    + using 100s of documents and having the same list as for the
      recent document MRU is a limitation (Sibit)
    + show dedicated UI elements (Roman)
      + has some advantage for a11y (Heiko)
    + if the controls clutter to much we could hide it until some
      button is pressed and/or also provide functions via context menu
    => do it

  * [UI] On startup, showing recent documents, please allow selection
    of a set to open rather than just one
    + https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=143495
    + use multi selection and/or checkboxes to mark documents to open (Luke)
    + restore the whole workspace (all documents that are open on exit) (Heiko)
      + if a document crashes the app the document list needs to be cleared
    + access to start center / dialog with this part from within a module
      see bug 77590 (Mike)
    => do both

  * Add Expert option not to ask to save document if changed
    + https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=143578
    + safety first (Mike, Csongor)
    + expert option or environment switch (Jan)
    + checkbox "[ ] Apply to All" on the confirmation using Save/Don't Save
      on all dialogs (Heiko)
    => up to QA; UX must not be affected

  * Easy way to allow to protect individual cells
    + https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=143349
    + workflow of protect all cells and disable individually is the
      same in Excel
    + additional read-only state? (Heiko)
      + not a good idea better fix bugs and provide a special
        cell style (Timur)
    => do it

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