Bug 116757 - Track Changes should be able to show original document
Summary: Track Changes should be able to show original document
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
6.0.2.1 release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
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Keywords: needsDevEval
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Blocks: Track-Changes
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Reported: 2018-04-02 15:08 UTC by Mike Sapsard
Modified: 2019-02-25 20:05 UTC (History)
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Description Mike Sapsard 2018-04-02 15:08:40 UTC
When editing, Writer allows Track Changes to be turned on or off. It also allows changes to be accepted or rejected. Unlike Word it does not allow the document before changes to be viewed.

These are Word options. The last one is not available in Writer.
Final: Show Markup shows all tracked changes.
Final hides tracked changes to show the document with all proposed changes included.
Original: Show Markup shows the original text with tracked changes and comments.
Original shows the document before any changes were made.
Comment 1 Mike Sapsard 2018-04-03 07:59:02 UTC
Would it also be possible to have an option that just placed a vertical side bar next to changes, without highlighting the changes in the text. This would allow layout and text flow consequences to be inspected.

An option to make such side bars to be printable or not would also be useful for editors.
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2018-04-03 08:56:10 UTC
Sounds like a reasonable enhancement. 

Today we have View > Track Changes that shows the modifications when checked (option #1) or just the result (option #2). The checkbox has no effect when no changes have been made. 

We could go with radio buttons 
Track Changes >
 ( ) Original (layout before the changes)
 (o) Modifications (as today with show TC checked)
 ( ) Final (as today with show TC unchecked)

Was thinking about a checkbox that enables these options but it makes not much sense to have [x] Show Track Changes with (o) Original below.

And I don't see the need for the option original with modifications as this just "underlines" the other part, which probably ends up in severe confusion what option is active.

Weird effect of this new option is that changing the text with TC active and "original" set would have no effect anymore - you do not see what you type. As a counter measure we could automatically switch to "modification" when TC is enabled.
Comment 3 Mike Sapsard 2018-04-03 09:56:32 UTC
If the toolbar had radio buttons:
Track changes>
o Show all changes
o Show deletions only
o Show additions only
o Show original (Read only)

it should work. It would allow people to quickly view changes in different ways.
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2018-04-03 10:10:41 UTC
(In reply to Mike Sapsard from comment #3)
> If the toolbar had radio buttons:
> Track changes>
> o Show all changes
> o Show deletions only
> o Show additions only
> o Show original (Read only)
> 
> it should work. It would allow people to quickly view changes in different
> ways.

Too complicated in my opinion, no clear use case (why should I want to see only deletions), and workaround is the list of TC that has a good indicator for the types.
Comment 5 Mike Sapsard 2018-04-04 08:37:04 UTC
I agree that When working alone on a small document, it would rarely be used.

However, consider your commercial customer base. I suggest you also ask for the opinions of a few people who work on very large documents (several hundred pages) with several editors, and strict deadlines.