Bug 134432 - UI Confusing icon names for Background Color / Highlight Color
Summary: UI Confusing icon names for Background Color / Highlight Color
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
7.1.0.0.alpha0+ Master
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Keywords: difficultyMedium, easyHack, skillDesign, topicDesign
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Blocks: Button-Controls
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Reported: 2020-07-01 11:15 UTC by NISZ LibreOffice Team
Modified: 2020-07-14 09:36 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Example file from Writer with highlight and background color applied (8.39 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2020-07-01 11:15 UTC, NISZ LibreOffice Team
Details
Screenshot of the problem in Writer with Customize dialog (52.66 KB, image/png)
2020-07-01 11:18 UTC, NISZ LibreOffice Team
Details

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Description NISZ LibreOffice Team 2020-07-01 11:15:06 UTC
Created attachment 162554 [details]
Example file from Writer with highlight and background color applied

The Formatting toolbar in Writer has two icons: Highlight Color (uno:BackColor) and Background Color (uno:BackGroundColor) to set character highlight color and paragraph background color.
A user of ours started to customize their toolbar and accidentally put on Background Color instead of Highlight Color. Then they were confused that the icon sets the whole paragraphs background instead of the character highlight.

I think the naming of these icons is confusingly short, since many objects can have Background Color, which ones background does this change and it’s not really obvious how highlight color is ANY different of that.

Steps to reproduce:
    1. Go to Formatting toolbar -> Visible buttons menu
    2. Enable Background Color item (Highlight Color is enabled by default)
    3. Select a word from a paragraph of text and use both buttons.

Actual results:
Ask someone who is does not have deep understanding of LO to explain why they give different results.

Expected results:
More self explanatory labels: 
Character Highlight Color 
Paragraph Background Color 
(or something like these)

LibreOffice details:
Version: 7.1.0.0.alpha0+ (x64)
Build ID: 010713e65ccade7b682c219707c8db3d864145c1
CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 6.3 Build 9600; UI render: default; VCL: win
Locale: en-US (hu_HU); UI: en-US
Calc: CL
Comment 1 NISZ LibreOffice Team 2020-07-01 11:18:21 UTC
Created attachment 162555 [details]
Screenshot of the problem in Writer with Customize dialog
Comment 2 Telesto 2020-07-01 18:43:54 UTC Comment hidden (no-value)
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2020-07-03 10:05:57 UTC
(In reply to NISZ LibreOffice Team from comment #0)
> Character Highlight Color 
> Paragraph Background Color 

Or we provide a tooltip.


(In reply to Telesto from comment #2)
> why are DOCX background shading imported as highlighting. 

See bug 125268, http://zolnaitamas.blogspot.com/2015/03/word-compatible-text-highlighting-in.html and ESC minutes from 2020-Apr-09
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2020-07-09 07:27:49 UTC
No further opinion, I support the idea. 

.uno:BackGroundColor is a generic command and used in other modules as well. For example the cell background in Calc. Makes no sense to call it Paragraph BGColor meaning we have to split the commands. 

Still an easyhack, find the UNO commands in WriterCommands.xcu and GenericCommands.xcu
Comment 5 Heiko Tietze 2020-07-09 08:26:14 UTC
Sophie: "translation in French will give Mise en évidence de la couleur des caractères for Character Highlight Color, so a bit long for an entry label"

Any chance to shorten this?
Comment 6 Thomas Lendo 2020-07-12 12:17:06 UTC
(In reply to NISZ LibreOffice Team from comment #0)
> Character Highlight Color 
> Paragraph Background Color
I like the additional wording as highlight and background alone never were easy to explain to others.
Comment 7 Sascha Z 2020-07-14 09:35:18 UTC
When you already change those icons do I suggest you change the icon labelling text for the english UI as well for labels that sounds more familiar and easier to recognize.

The terms "Character Highlighting Color"" and "Paragraph Highlighting Color" explains well to me what is actually changed and also are different in context to each other (character / paragraph).

Furthermore, I suggest to remove the current (color) name out of any labels for any translations for the reason that the current color is already represented underlying the icon itself.