Bug 109302 - Compare and Merge Documents commands should be in main edit menu instead of Track Changes sub-menu
Summary: Compare and Merge Documents commands should be in main edit menu instead of T...
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Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
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Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
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Blocks: Track-Changes Main-Menu Unify-Across-Apps
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Reported: 2017-07-24 09:19 UTC by Thomas Lendo
Modified: 2017-10-04 09:49 UTC (History)
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Description Thomas Lendo 2017-07-24 09:19:56 UTC
I would suggest to move both "Compare Documents..." and "Merge Documents..." commands into the Edit menu instead of being in the "Track Changes" sub-menu where they are located now.

Personally I think both commands have nothing to do with change tracking (beside the technical issue whether it's the same code base internally or not).

They are related to document changes, but not tracking.

If I want to compare 2 documents or merge 2 documents, I wouldn't search in a Track Changes sub-menu for that commands.
Comment 1 Julien Nabet 2017-07-24 15:31:09 UTC
On pc Debian x86-64 with master sources updated today, I could reproduce this.

Yousuf: having noticed your work about this area, thought you might be interested in this one.
Of course, I suppose we'd need UX-team opinion first so let's put appropriate keyword.
Personally, I agree with Thomas but I'm not UI expert.
Comment 2 Thomas Lendo 2017-07-25 09:24:16 UTC
Calc shows the "right" menu structure:

Content of Edit menu (LibO
Track Changes > ...
Compare Document
Merge Document
Comment 3 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2017-07-25 20:17:35 UTC
As the edit menu is full, this cant be moved back to how it used to be before.
Comment 4 Cor Nouws 2017-08-15 20:57:02 UTC
(In reply to Yousuf Philips (jay) from comment #3)
> As the edit menu is full, this cant be moved back to how it used to be
> before.

That argument doesn't hold. The menu Format is one longer than Edit and the menu Insert even two.

Thus one could consider arguments.
Originally Compare documents is placed in the Edit menu.
And Merge Documents in the Edit>Track Changes menu.
- You can use Merge Documents to merge documents (with the same root document) where changes are recorded.
- You can use Compare Documents to compare documents (with the same root document) where no changes are recorded. The result does show changes as if recorded.
So placing Merge Documents in the sub menu, makes more clear that it is different from Compare. On the other hand, one has to learn what they do anyway.
And also Compare Document, you may say, is related to tracking changes. Therefor of course it was placed below Track Changes in the menu Edit.

I'm fine with any decision, but appreciate a proper reasoning :)
Comment 5 Heiko Tietze 2017-08-31 14:30:42 UTC
We discussed this topic in the design meeting today. There is no reason to put compare/merge documents into the root of Edit but the functions are related to track changes, and space is precious. So the decision was to keep the menu structure as it is.