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Bug 102006 - START CENTER: What to call left button pane
Summary: START CENTER: What to call left button pane
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: target:5.3.0
Keywords: accessibility
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Blocks: Start-Center a11y
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Reported: 2016-09-09 02:15 UTC by Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired)
Modified: 2016-11-16 10:59 UTC (History)
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Description Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2016-09-09 02:15:19 UTC
So its important that we name the left button pane, as the name should be read out by screen readers. I was thinking something like Application Pane. With a blank profile, the start center says '... pick an app from the left side ...' in the thumbnail view list.
Comment 1 V Stuart Foote 2016-09-09 03:34:31 UTC
No this is a sidebar, and we always called it a sidebar while mocking up and developing.
Comment 2 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2016-09-09 04:42:32 UTC
So Application Sidebar?
Comment 3 V Stuart Foote 2016-09-09 12:09:54 UTC
Hmm, see the issue in having another GUI component named "Sidebar". 

Since we probably need something "descriptive" it is a stack of tool buttons--as opposed to a bar of buttons, i.e. "toolbar"-- so:




In descriptions what reads better, the StartCenter's Toolstack, the StartCenter's Buttonstack, or the StartCenter's Application Sidebar?


Guess we have a similar question going on about naming the "NotebookBar" (aka "MuffinBar").
Comment 4 Adolfo Jayme 2016-09-09 15:31:47 UTC
It is just a pane. Don’t overcomplicate it.
Comment 5 steve -_- 2016-09-09 17:24:10 UTC
StartCenter's Toolstack
StartCenter's Buttonstack
StartCenter's Application Sidebar

This is concerning only screenreaders and will probably never show in the UI as name. Users will not know what what Toolstack or Buttonstack is. Since Application Sidebar is the most descriptive and understandable term I +1 that.

also confirming bug → new.

my 2 cent
Comment 6 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2016-09-09 21:17:13 UTC
Going with 'Application Pane' as it is the most useful for users.
Comment 7 Commit Notification 2016-09-13 14:09:18 UTC
Yousuf Philips committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":

tdf#102006 tweak start center and make it more a11y accessible

It will be available in 5.3.0.

The patch should be included in the daily builds available at in the next 24-48 hours. More
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Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.