Bug 131761 - Character Style dropdown widget
Summary: Character Style dropdown widget
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on: 88512
Blocks: Writer-Styles-Character
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Reported: 2020-04-01 00:13 UTC by Kenneth Hanson
Modified: 2024-05-02 12:40 UTC (History)
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Description Kenneth Hanson 2020-04-01 00:13:36 UTC
I find the Paragraph Style widget in the toolbar and sidebar extremely useful. As a heavy style user, I think it would be similarly useful to have a widget for character styles as well.

It's irritating to have to switch to the character style page of the styles toolbar in order to see and change character styles, far more so than other types of styles since they are used for small, frequent strings of text.

A widget for list styles (not to mention frames and pages) is less critical and possibly overkill, so I am not considering that here.

In the sidebar, I imagine a drop-down followed by the same two buttons as the current paragraph style widget. Labels would be needed. I propose inline labels, though headings above would still be fairly compact if horizontal space is too precious. Quick text mock-up:

- Style
Paragraph: [Text Body        ] [Btn] [Btn]
Character: [Default          ] [Btn] [Btn]

The same widgets should be available in the toolbar, but probably not included in the Formatting or Standard (Single) toolbars by default like the paragraph widgets are. It might be worth including by default in the Formatting (Styles) toolbar as a replacement for the limited selection of style buttons.

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Comment 1 Kenneth Hanson 2020-04-01 01:00:35 UTC
(Is it okay to mark my own bug needsUXEval?)
Comment 2 Dieter 2020-04-01 07:06:00 UTC
(In reply to Kenneth Hanson from comment #1)
> (Is it okay to mark my own bug needsUXEval?)

Yes, it's O.K., but you also have to add Design Team in cc: (I did it for you)
Comment 4 Kenneth Hanson 2020-04-01 20:55:29 UTC
Thanks Heiko, I had forgotten about that. I definitely look forward to it being implemented.

In the meantime, my proposed enhancement should be much easier to implement, since it operates exactly the same way as existing features. It also serves a different purpose, that is, instant access with minimal screen real estate requirements. Please consider it along these lines.
Comment 5 Thomas Lendo 2021-06-03 13:17:20 UTC
Isn't this a duplicate of bug 88512 - TOOLBAR/SIDEBAR: Character style drop down control uno command?
Comment 6 Rizwan Khan 2024-01-24 09:50:44 UTC Comment hidden (spam)
Comment 7 Kenneth Hanson 2024-05-02 12:39:37 UTC
@Thomas Lendo It is insofar as the command is needed in order to add the widget. But the user cannot customize the sidebar, and the developers would have to change the default settings for the appropriate toolbar(s). I'm not sure what the conditions for "Mark as duplicate" are.
Comment 8 Kenneth Hanson 2024-05-02 12:40:47 UTC
For now, I will add a dependency to the cited bug.