Bug 116423 - The ability to create a "more" button
Summary: The ability to create a "more" button
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Writer-Enhancements
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Reported: 2018-03-15 19:00 UTC by Thomas
Modified: 2018-11-05 16:15 UTC (History)
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Description Thomas 2018-03-15 19:00:10 UTC
I have wanted this feature in my word processor for many, many years.  Probably since the 80's!  I work with what there is, yet having this would be very nice.

I'd like the ability to insert a "more" button.  When you click the button a text box opens where "more" text can be put in, and an "x" in the upper right to close the text box (and "save" the changes within the document).

The "hidden" features of LibreOffice give some of this functionality, but its not very good, hard to use and not intuitive - requiring a lot of work-arounds and thinking.

Let me give you a perfect example of where this is useful.  Lists.  People have all kinds of lists of everything, all the time.  To-do lists, friends lists, inventory, grocery, insurance items, etc, etc.  And often there is description or "more information" associated with each item in the list.  So what happens is that you have to page through page after page of unimportant stuff to get to the item you want.  What would be much better is to have the list, with "more" buttons.  Here, let me show you:

Thomas [more]
Mary [more]
Scott [more]
Jane [more]

I can scroll down the list easily, or do a search and find the person I am looking for, then click the [more] button by their name and pull up all the rest, like an email link, phone number, address, personal information, notes, etc.

Having a “more” button would be perfect for documents that several people are working on.  When we send out the document, others can easily get in touch with us by clicking the [more] button without clogging up the document.

Home inventory for insurance purposes - another great example.  A list of everything, then the "more" button can have text, serial number, purchase price and date and maybe even a picture.  Since home inventory changes all the time, having the "more" button makes that easier.

List of websites you use - another great example.  A list of websites.  Click the "more" button to put in your login information and notes about the site.

I could go on and on.  Like I said, I've long wanted this feature.

When you pop up the text box, allow the user to resize it as desired and keep the size info with the saved text box information.  For printing, there is probably no need to including the information behind the “more” buttons.

I am a computer scientist and an HTML coder.  I've created HTML that has this feature, yet it is time consuming to maintain and has little external files all over the place.  It would be much better to keep it within one document.  I would volunteer to code this feature for you, into your application, yet I've never done any work on public supported software before and this would best be done by someone that knows what they're doing.

One of the work-arounds I use is to put the list at the top of the document and link it to text down below, but that's pretty messy.  Also, it is useless for most applications.  For example, if one were creating a nature paper, a little "more" button by the different kinds of animals while you're writing would be awesome.  It is entirely intuitive that way.....

The flying squirrel [more] is found all over north America, yet is most common...

See what I mean?

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Comment 1 Dieter 2018-03-15 19:21:41 UTC
Perhaps there is at leat a workaround with form controls, but I'm not an expert with that.
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2018-03-19 13:53:20 UTC
Rather than presenting a possible solution you should describe your scenario and use case, which sounds to me like a form. LibreOffice has many option to do that, e.g. with Tools > Bibliography Database (where admittedly better plugins exist) or Tools > Address Book Source, and less complex Insert > Field > More Fields. Alternatively you may also have something like Tools > Autocorrect in mind. 

So what problem do you want to solve exactly?

In any case the list has to be created somehow in advance and it's a corner case anyway since word processors focus on text creation.
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2018-10-09 11:26:42 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 QA Administrators 2018-11-05 16:12:29 UTC
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