Similar to the edit modes in Impress we should think about a split button for Writer that allows to switch between the various display modes. It should be optional and personally I would rather not put too much effort in it. But that's a question. The request comes from bug 101776.
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Edit modes in Impress
Sure, it makes sense to do it consistently across all the modules--not just for Impress and Writer.
So what GUI *could* a split button interface toggle in Draw, Calc and Math?
Math has the visual WYSIWYG edit mode (experimental).
Potential future enhancements may provide new views, such as:
- Raw XML editing, bug #86846
- entities and their respective views, bug #101774
Also split panes should probably be carefully considered in relation to this bug - since each of the split panes should be able to show any available view for the current content type, see bug #31481
I think that bug #101776 (Calc like navigation bar below each view pane) would be ideal UI to provide easiest UX to "quickly change the view type of a particular pane - since if we rely on big fat button (not even multiple buttons) in the big fat toolbar above, then you would always have to click into the document in the particular split pane (above, below, left or right etc) and THEN click on the big ugly "split button" and THEN click on the preferred view. Clunky yes?
ALSO, clicking into one of the split panes, to get focus there in order to then change its view type by clicking on big ugly buttons (rather than small lithe buttons), would remove any "current selection" in that view pane - which might exactly what the user does NOT want to happen - yet another reason to provide a calc-like "mini navigator" at the bottom of each view (read "split pane"), rather than a single big ugly combo drop down button on the big ugly toolbar.
"Big, ugly" - you can tell I like it, yes? ;)
Anyway, some serious UX issues I hope we must consider..
Would suggest it be a group button that opens up a menu with the various radio button views, as well as print preview. It would be useful for all modules and a possible button for the single toolbar.
Hey, so this seems to be provided with the View -> Toolbar Layout and Notebook bar menus of the new MUFFIN experimental provisions at 5.3.0
(In reply to V Stuart Foote from comment #6)
> Hey, so this seems to be provided with the View -> Toolbar Layout and
> Notebook bar menus of the new MUFFIN experimental provisions at 5.3.0
This isnt about the layout of toolbars, its about editing/viewing modes, for example in writer we have normal and web modes and calc we have normal and page break modes.
(In reply to Yousuf Philips (jay) from comment #7)
> This isnt about the layout of toolbars, its about editing/viewing modes, for
> example in writer we have normal and web modes and calc we have normal and
> page break modes.
Oops, right you are--not directly the MUFFIN concept here. And the top level work "mode" entries on the Standard menu's View could be consolidated for each module to have a consistent UI in all the modules.
No need for further input from UX. Not thrilled by the idea to have Normal/Web in a special widget anymore.