Bug 152860 - Find toolbar's "placeholder for message" (.uno:SearchLabel tooltip / label) makes it sound like something is missing
Summary: Find toolbar's "placeholder for message" (.uno:SearchLabel tooltip / label) m...
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
6.2 all versions
Hardware: All All
: low minor
Assignee: Rafael Lima
Whiteboard: target:7.6.0
Keywords: difficultyBeginner, easyHack, skillDesign, topicUI
: 156845 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: Find-Toolbar
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Reported: 2023-01-03 14:54 UTC by Stéphane Guillou (stragu)
Modified: 2023-09-20 16:20 UTC (History)
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Description Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2023-01-03 14:54:40 UTC
Following the fix for bug 85952, we have the label "[placeholder for message]" for the message area of the Find toolbar.

1. Open Writer or Calc
2. Ctrl + F to open the Find toolbar
3. Search for a term that is not in the document
4. Hover over the message

Label is "[placeholder for message]". It makes it look like we forgot to fill in a placeholder for a proper label.

Expected result:
We need a better label to describe what this area does.

Extra info:
This toolbar area can hold messages like:
* "Reached the [end|beginning] of the document"
* "Search key not found"
* "Search key found x times" (in Writer, when using Find All)

The same label is used in the Customise dialog and in the toolbar's context menu.

I suggest something generic like "Information" or "Message" but interested in other suggestions that are more specific to what .uno:SearchLabel does.

Code pointer:

Versions tested:

Version: (X86_64) / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 77cd3d7ad4445740a0c6cf977992dafd8ebad8df
CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 10.0 Build 19045; UI render: Skia/Raster; VCL: win
Locale: en-GB (en_GB); UI: en-GB
Calc: threaded

Build ID: d1b41307be3f8c19fe6f1938cf056e7ff1eb1d18
CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 5.15; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3; 
Locale: en-AU (en_AU.UTF-8); UI-Language: en-US
Calc: threaded
Comment 1 Heiko Tietze 2023-01-04 08:10:27 UTC
Yes, the tooltip on empty search results is awkward. Yet we need the label for the customization dialog. Maybe adding an empty tooltip to the command attributes solves the problem. Challenge for l10n though. Andras, what do you think?

Alternatively I could imagine something more descriptive like "Search results" or "Search information".

Code pointer: <node oor:name=".uno:SearchLabel" oor:op="replace"> in officecfg/registry/data/org/openoffice/Office/UI/GenericCommands.xcu
Comment 2 Rafael Lima 2023-01-09 18:54:01 UTC
We can simply add a new "TooltipLabel" property to the command.

Since it only has a "Label" property, the label is being used as the tooltip.

The fix would look like this:

<node oor:name=".uno:SearchLabel" oor:op="replace">
  <prop oor:name="Label" oor:type="xs:string">
    <value xml:lang="en-US">[placeholder for message]</value>
  <prop oor:name="TooltipLabel" oor:type="xs:string">
    <value xml:lang="en-US">Search results</value>

Not that the "[placeholder for message]" is replaced as the string content of the command and the newly added "TooltipLabel" is then used as tooltip.
Comment 3 Commit Notification 2023-01-13 12:18:51 UTC
Rafael Lima committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":


tdf#152860 Fix tooltip for .uno:SearchLabel command

It will be available in 7.6.0.

The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
https://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/ in the next 24-48 hours. More
information about daily builds can be found at:

Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.
Comment 4 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2023-01-14 07:57:44 UTC
Verified fix in:

Version: (X86_64) / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: af8fdba1194e657237f9abc460381a1c4bc49982
CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 5.15; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: en-AU (en_AU.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Calc: threaded

Thanks Heiko and Rafael!
Comment 5 Buovjaga 2023-09-20 16:20:31 UTC
*** Bug 156845 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***