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Re: [tdf-discuss] UI proposal


2010/11/1 Johannes Bausch <johannes.bausch@gmail.com>:
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

Why "page setup" is outside "stiles"? One of the killer features on
Writer is page styles (Word do not have them).

- Styling is relative and inherits from parent (changes to the
inherited things should be marked somehow, e.g. by a small icon)

I think there should be an option for that on every drop down menu.
For example, on character styles for "Font" you could have, on top of
the font list, two options:
- From parent style
- From paragraph style
and the font size could have a check box for "Proportional": right now
it is not easy for new users to discover that you can simply delete a
point size and type a percentage to get a proportionally sized font.

- You can import them from other documents
- They are categorized: Paragraphs, Tables, Images

I rather think that it should be more clear on documentation that
images are inserted on frames than to create a new category of styles
for 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"

Even if I like the concept, I can see one big problem: most users will
end with lots of repeated, unneeded styles!

Ricardo

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