Navigator context menus

asked 2018-01-13 08:14:20 +0200

jkaufmann gravatar image

In a Writer document's Navigator, the context (right-click) menu for each object includes actions that are not specifically contextual to that (or any particular) object or category, but rather control the modal operation of the Navigator:

  • "Outline Level" - sets how many levels are included in the Navigator window;
  • "Drag Mode" - controls how a drag from the document to another document is implemented;
  • "Display" (mode) - controls whether the Navigator window is dedicated to a specific document or switches to whichever document is in the active window.

"Outline Level" and "Drag Mode" have controls at the top of the Navigator window -- which is where, conceptually, they seem to belong (as they control general Navigator operation, not object properties). "Display" (mode) does not even have a control at the top (though it seems like it should). But none of them seem like they should be included in object-specific context menus -- which makes me think I must be missing an important concept. Is there a reason -- a conceptual basis -- for including these Navigator mode controls in the object context menus? -- or is this just a confusion to retard newcomers to the Navigator? ;-)

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Did it retard you? or have you chosen specific derogatory words to make it look worse than it really is?

Other than that, you are welcome to file an RFE to bug tracker, and take part with our design/UI/UX team in improving LO.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-01-13 08:21:04 +0200 )edit

Mike, I'm sorry if the question upset you. I can't imagine why, but after reacting negatively to it at first, I decided to take another crack at it. Yes, it did retard me at first (and obviously even up to this point), because I was trying to figure out what I was missing. If you are saying that my understanding is correct, and that the Navigator UI could be improved, then I would be happy to help. I did not want to presume to advise, but can you point me to the right group? - or go via RFE?

jkaufmann gravatar imagejkaufmann ( 2018-02-26 05:50:16 +0200 )edit

The navigator UI (just as ~any part in the LO) can definitely be improved. So - the RFE is the way to go. And advises are welcome of course, until they are constructive (like your one, when stripped of the last six words which presume some malice in underlying decision; which is why I reacted like I did).

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-02-26 06:32:54 +0200 )edit