Bug 126360 - Improve document authors UI
Summary: Improve document authors UI
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: filters and storage (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2019-07-12 09:29 UTC by Marco A.G.Pinto
Modified: 2020-10-07 08:02 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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scratch of how it could look like (4.14 KB, image/png)
2019-07-12 09:29 UTC, Marco A.G.Pinto
Word 365 screenshot (59.69 KB, image/png)
2019-11-15 12:29 UTC, Marco A.G.Pinto

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Description Marco A.G.Pinto 2019-07-12 09:29:18 UTC
Created attachment 152737 [details]
scratch of how it could look like

This scratch (attachment) was based on the CardBook add-on for Thunderbird.

The idea is to have a more powerful way of adding authors to documents.

Notice the "@" button where one could add an e-mail of the author and it would show the photo from Gravatar.

It is an enhancement request.
Comment 1 Xisco Faulí 2019-11-15 11:49:35 UTC
Hi Marco,
Could you please add more details to this enhancement? Under which situations the dialog would be displayed ? and for what purpose ?
Comment 2 Marco A.G.Pinto 2019-11-15 12:02:48 UTC

Well, my PhD thesis has 3 authors:
1) supervisor
2) cosupervisor
3) me

So, I have the three in the .docx properties.

The thing with LO is that it also only accepts one author, but when I converted the .docx to .odt or something I can't remember what I did, each author was separated by a ";".

It is just an enhancement request (see the screenshot of the scratch above, and it is better explained with a Gmail account editing the mobile phone contacts, since there it works like a glove).
Comment 3 Xisco Faulí 2019-11-15 12:12:59 UTC
You have the tab 'Custom Properties' inside the Properties dialog.
is it what you are looking for ?
Comment 4 Marco A.G.Pinto 2019-11-15 12:29:13 UTC
Created attachment 155844 [details]
Word 365 screenshot


Here is a Word 365 screenshot, but LO can make it better based on my first scratch allowing to move up/down the authors.
Comment 5 Heiko Tietze 2019-11-15 16:29:20 UTC
Saving a Word document with multiple authors as ODF shows them in the first tab of the properties dialog with no chance to edit. All are stored in one tag:
<meta:initial-creator>Dr. Bar;Prof. Foo;Heiko Tietze</meta:initial-creator>
There is also the <dc:creator> but obviously no chance to store different people individually with roles like <meta:initial-creator><meta:role>Reviewer>Prof. Foo</meta:role>...

So it's a roundtrip issue but at the same time a missing bit in the format.
Comment 6 Heiko Tietze 2020-01-20 14:33:54 UTC
Removing needsUX, the request is reasonable. UI wise I recommend file > properties as a place to enter author and additional authors.