Bug 115096 - For a Pattern Field please reverse the order of the mask related properties
Summary: For a Pattern Field please reverse the order of the mask related properties
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Base (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Dialog Database-Forms
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Reported: 2018-01-18 19:28 UTC by Howard Johnson
Modified: 2018-01-22 19:09 UTC (History)
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Screenshot of "Properties: Pattern Field" dialog (31.96 KB, image/png)
2018-01-18 19:28 UTC, Howard Johnson

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Description Howard Johnson 2018-01-18 19:28:39 UTC
Created attachment 139201 [details]
Screenshot of "Properties: Pattern Field" dialog

Please see attached snapshot for how the properties for a Pattern Field are currently organized in the dialog.  As it is now the "Literal mask" property is positioned below the "Edit mask" property.

Suggestion: Reorder properties for a Formatted Field and put "Literal mask" before "Edit mask", i.e. reverse them.

Reason: You will probably always want to write the literal first.  For example, for a standard phone number you would write:
(___) ___-____		<- this is probably the first thing you would write.
LNNNLLNNNLNNNN		<- then you would use that to write this.

It would be less obvious to first write: LNNNLLNNNLNNNN, until you had the (___) ___-____ in mind.

Thank you!

(Note: I plan to subsequently submit an enhancement request to rename these two properties.  These names do not accurately reflect what these properties are, i.e. it appears there are two masks operations, Edit and Literal, but in fact there is just one mask operation with two input parameters.)
Comment 1 Alex Thurgood 2018-01-22 07:47:34 UTC