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Re: [tdf-discuss] UI proposal


Hey,

Here's what I think the whole style and document setup should look
like. It's done very quickly in Inkscape, so don't expect anything
spectacular. Still, I hope you get the general idea.
http://bausch-lai.de/img_ex/LibO/draft-styler.png
- There's a central place for the style setup, much like the current
window (I don't remember how it was called in English), but fancier
and more to the point.
- On the left there are style classes, predefined and custom ones
- This window is easily accessible, much like the current "direct style" things
- Styling is relative and inherits from parent (changes to the
inherited things should be marked somehow, e.g. by a small icon)
- You can import them from other documents
- They are categorized: Paragraphs, Tables, Images
...

Now, I think that direct formatting should behave as follows:
- If you mark a word and want it red, you simply change its color
- The style manager creates a new style, inherited from the
surrounding words' styles (maybe in a new section "auto styles" or
something along these lines) or some kind of class that only affects
this property, like color: red (much like css works).
- You get a dropdown in your direct formatting toolbar showing "recent styles"

What do you think?

Joey

2010/10/31 Michel Gagnon <michel@mgagnon.net>:
Le 2010-10-30 15:47, Mirek M. a écrit :

Hi Michael, everyone,
Here's an experimental mockup of how style editing could work:
http://clickortap.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/citrus-editing-styles/
 It
changes a few things in an effort to be less daunting and more
comprehensible to newbies. All the old features should still be there,
though, just under different terminology.


It looks nice. The approach, however, is similar to one that might be used
in Ms Office 2003. There are two possible problems with it:
- It is harder to define many styles at once this way than in the
traditional dialogue box. On the other hand, the visual approach you have is
great for fine tuning or for adding one or two styles to an existing
document.
- There has to be a way to define, and more importantly to see the
specifications that are linked vs those that are not, those that are defined
in relative vs absolute terms. In your example, I should see that Heading 5
is defined using Heading 6 as base style and that it will be followed by
Body Text. I should also see that the only elements modified from base style
are typeface (+Bold) and line (-Underline).


Groups vs linking a style to a style.
I actually see it as two very different concepts. We already know how a
style may be linked to another "base style". But apart from that, I see
groups such as: styles used for the main document, styles for annexes
(typically smaller type)

You also suggest that bundled styles should now be deletable. I think it is
a great idea, at least for all non-essential styles. In other words, it
might be easier for the casual user to see by default the following: Body
text, Headings 1 to 4.

Regards,

--
Michel Gagnon
Montréal (Québec, Canada) -- http://mgagnon.net

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