When table cells are protected, any attempt to enter data brings a warning message which might disturb the user and break the workflow.
I think it would be useful to be able to configure Writer so that these warning messages are not displayed.
A good place could be in the options dialog: LibreOffice Writer > Formatting aids, add a checkbox in the "Protected zones" area, labelled like "Show warning messages" (checked by default).
I think that both the "read-only" status in the status bar and the lock toolbutton present in the Table toolbar are sufficient clues if the warning message is not displayed.
Note: the option of deactivating the cursor in protected cells actually gets rid of the said warning. This would be disturbing because in this situation the user can't actually locate his actions/the insertion point within the document.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Add a table
2. Select a cell
3. Menu Table > Protect cells
Trying to enter data in that cell results in a warning message.
Trying to enter data in that cell does just nothing visible.
User Profile Reset: No
Sounds useful to me, but let's ask design-team.
The topic is scheduled for the next design meeting (postponed from this week). Setting to NEW meanwhile.
I'm not sure it's a good idea to hide such warning. Many questions will follow from users that deactivate the warning and forget it sometime or someone else has deactivated it (son, administrator, teacher) and the user then don't know what to do.
Maybe the warning can be made less intrusive--maybe within the info bar?
We discussed the topic in the design meeting. There are some concerns to disable the warning message though the message box is a bit heavy. Since the r/w state can vary from cell to cell, an infobar is not working well, neither the status bar panel is enough. The message box is similarly popping up in Calc. So we either keep the current workflow and introduce some "[ ] Don't show again" interaction (useful for several other requests) with the drawback that this dialog not shows up later at another table, or we show the box only once per table (would be some additional coding effort), and last but not least we could grey out the protected cells, perhaps combined with field shading on/off. The latter would be my preference.