Bug 129109 - EDITING: Inserting a text variable field needs to be more intuitive
Summary: EDITING: Inserting a text variable field needs to be more intuitive
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2019-11-30 06:42 UTC by Chas Belov
Modified: 2020-08-17 04:23 UTC (History)
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Description Chas Belov 2019-11-30 06:42:33 UTC
It is not clear in the UI or LibreOffice help that in order to be able to test a variable containing a text value for a logic condition, you much choose the Text format when creating that variable so that the variable is assigned a Text type, and that leaving it as a General variable will assign the wrong (numeric) type.

The usability of this needs to be improved.

Demonstration of issue

1. Insert variable varA with value "is" (without the quotes) 
-- a. Insert > Fields > More fields > Variables > Set Variable
-- b. Name: varA 
-- c. Value: is

Alternative 1:

Expected result: Default format General is replaced with Text automatically

Actual result: Default format General remains selected

Alternative 2:

Expected result: Warning appears that the value I entered is not numeric /or/ Warning appears that the value I entered requires the Text format.

Actual result: No indication that anything is amiss.

-- d. Click Insert

Alternative 3:

Expected result: Error dialog that the value and type don't match.

Actual result: Field is inserted with wrong (numeric) type.
Comment 1 Chas Belov 2019-11-30 06:55:59 UTC
Confirmed still an issue in
Comment 2 Dieter 2019-12-09 12:11:19 UTC
Chas, please have a look at bug 111888. Is this bug in line with your expectations?

Comment 3 QA Administrators 2020-07-17 03:52:46 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 QA Administrators 2020-08-17 04:23:28 UTC
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