Bug 150813 - Search Commands should match against more than just command name
Summary: Search Commands should match against more than just command name
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) alpha0+
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: UNO-Command-Label HUD
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Reported: 2022-09-05 21:23 UTC by Eyal Rozenberg
Modified: 2022-11-22 09:27 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Eyal Rozenberg 2022-09-05 21:23:22 UTC
Suppose I'm a clueless user who wants to change the font I'm using. I've failed to find the right place to do this (which is the Format | Character...) dialog, so I go to Help | Search Commands.

Well, I type "font", and what do I get?

  Insert / Insert Fontwork...
  Format Text / Outline / Font Effect

Not what I was expecting! One of the main reasons for searching for a command is that its menu item phrasing is not intuitive for someone. I would expect the search to go further, and search some longer description of the command, and/or the text of the dialog the command opens, and/or help text for the command. More specifically, searching for "font" should definitely yield "Format | Character..." IMHO.

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Version: / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 6c81a09e3ef239a2d7a991d00fe3620a67298b99
CPU threads: 4; OS: Linux 5.18; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: en-IL (en_IL); UI: en-US
Comment 1 Heiko Tietze 2022-09-06 07:09:30 UTC
I support the idea to search not only in the "Label" property of a command but also in context, popup and in particular the tooltip labels. However, this wouldn't return .uno:FontDialog since it has no tooltip assigned, yet.

If the idea goes beyond that and you imagine some maintained list of keyword - command association I don't think this is going to fly.
Comment 2 Mike Kaganski 2022-09-15 06:40:36 UTC
See also: bug 91874 comment 5, bug 91874 comment 11.

Ideally, there should be a collection of localizable "keywords" for every UNO (and other kind of) command displayable there; help topics should also appear there; as well as user macros. A sample of "blinking" was suggested in a comment mentioned above; indeed, today that feature is removed from the UI, so irrelevant, but other similar features are available all over the place, that exist as *part* of an UNO command, but do not appear in either UNO name, nor in its title/tooltip.
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2022-09-15 07:37:55 UTC
Wonder if the search for command function deserves an own META ticket.