Bug 139735 - "Links to External Files" is not precise
Summary: "Links to External Files" is not precise
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: difficultyBeginner, easyHack, skillDesign, topicUI
Depends on:
Reported: 2021-01-18 09:52 UTC by Mike Kaganski
Modified: 2021-02-19 04:19 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description Mike Kaganski 2021-01-18 09:52:22 UTC
tdf#91781, tdf#91820, tdf#91857 has changed menu item "Links..." into "Links to External Files..." - see https://git.libreoffice.org/core/+/67d245adca298134fc8ab4364acbe880b4e0911a, https://git.libreoffice.org/core/+/41e71a7c6f10eeca0d7bc083fc68dc85d9f2a986, https://git.libreoffice.org/core/+/7c6117780a8feb0b4ffcbaeaf649f4f6bc8470ec. However, that is not a correct text, because the links are not necessarily to *files*, but rather to *data* (e.g., it may be DDE getting information from running some application, or an URL to some dynamically-generated data).

It might be not a big issue, but still having imprecise names where we easily can have a better match would be good IMO.

Proposals: "External Links..." or "Links to External Data...".

Code pointers:
Comment 1 Heiko Tietze 2021-01-20 14:25:16 UTC
Seth, one for you?
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2021-02-04 08:25:44 UTC
Sascha agrees and suggests "Externally Linked..." or "Linked Data and Files..."

We have
* Calc: .uno:InsertExternalDataSource "Link to E~xternal Data..."
* Draw/Impress: .uno:ManageLinks "Lin~ks to External Files..."
* Writer: .uno:LinkDialog "Lin~ks to External Files..."
  + cui/uiconfig/ui/baselinksdialog.ui is titled "Edit Links"
Streams are rather a corner case for Writer and DrawImpress but if "data" is read similar to "file" we should harmonize according Calc.

Documentation under https://help.libreoffice.org/7.0/en-US/text/shared/01/02180000.html is outdated.