Bug 122587 - [UX Enhancement] Moving Objects to a Different Layer
Summary: [UX Enhancement] Moving Objects to a Different Layer
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Draw (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Layers
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Reported: 2019-01-08 23:52 UTC by DACBARBOS
Modified: 2019-01-09 11:08 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description DACBARBOS 2019-01-08 23:52:40 UTC
If UX is short for user experience then please hear my humble request for enhancement. The right side (docked) bar is a common UI element present in many similar GUIs. Working with it should be easy and intuitive. Well, my intuition got a direct hit when I realised there's no Layer section in the Properties side bar. This is really bad for UX. I know how to do this according to /help/en-US/text/simpress/guide/layer_move.html While that procedure is simple enough, it's not intuitive.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Create layer L1 and L2 (visible, unlocked)
2.Draw one object on each layer (anything)
3.Select first object on L1 - open Properties side bar (to change obj layer)

Actual Results:
There is no Layer section in the Properties side bar as one would expect.

Expected Results:
Find a Layer section along with existing Character, Paragraph, Area, Shadow, Line, Position and Size.

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
I've seen this on latest macOS but is not a bug or some OS related thing.
Comment 1 Regina Henschel 2019-01-09 00:31:04 UTC
valid enhancement request.
Comment 2 V Stuart Foote 2019-01-09 02:35:59 UTC
Handling layers for objects from the overcrowded Properties deck would not be the best UX for working with layers in Draw/Impress, IMHO.

bug 56498 and bug 90244 suggest that rather than a content panel in the Properties deck, handling layers merits its own Deck--or additional controls for a panel resident in the Navigator's deck?
Comment 3 Regina Henschel 2019-01-09 11:08:01 UTC
Or having a context menu item "move to layer ...". It needs indeed discussion, _how_ to improve the UI. But I think, we agree, that improvement of the UI is necessary.