Bug 153673 - "Chapter" label needs improvement in cross-references dialog
Summary: "Chapter" label needs improvement in cross-references dialog
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsDevAdvice
Depends on: Clarify-Chapter-Heading-Outline-Level
Blocks: Cross-reference-dialog
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Reported: 2023-02-16 16:54 UTC by sdc.blanco
Modified: 2023-05-26 10:11 UTC (History)
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2023-02-20 10:15 UTC, Heiko Tietze

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Description sdc.blanco 2023-02-16 16:54:32 UTC
Ctrl-F2 (or Insert - Field - More Fields) - Cross-references tab

In "Refer using" window, note the option "Chapter.

1. "Chapter" is clearly a poor label because this option can be used with numbered lists (which are not "chapters"), as well as numbered headings (which are not always chapters).

2. Before proposing to find another label, let me ask if the "Chapter" option is needed in this dialog.

Relevant background:

Bug 147774 comment 7 concludes that "Chapter" and "Number" are needed, but I could not find any discussion of  "Chapter" vs. "Number (no context)" (in bug 147774, or bug 121465 and bug 149653, where this dialog and these options are discussed).

The current behavior ( is that Chapter provides only the number of the numbered item, while "Number (no context)" also includes the "Before" and "After" separators.

Naively, I would think (from the label) that "Number (no context)" would not include the separators.

I understand that there are concerns about these separators in other tickets (e.g., bug 121465, bug 144563, bug 147774, bug 149653).  

Maybe there is an idea/plan to make "Number (no context)" behave like "Chapter" does at present.  If that is the plan, then then I would propose to drop "Chapter", and there is no need to find another label.

Alternatively the following renaming of the currently existing interface:

Chapter -> "Number (no context)"
"Number (no context)" -> "Number (with separators)"

would give the user a better indication of what actually happens with these options, and would not require any changes in functionality. 

Either change would satisfy the concern of the OP to remove "chapter" from this dialog.

3.  If there is a plan to keep "Chapter" functionality (as distinct from the others), then I would propose finding another name, for the reasons listed in the first point here.  (should not be "heading" because can also be used list paragraphs)
Comment 1 sdc.blanco 2023-02-16 17:00:09 UTC
correction:  bug 149653 in OP should have been bug 149635
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2023-02-20 10:15:22 UTC
Created attachment 185484 [details]
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(In reply to sdc.blanco from comment #0)
> 2. Before proposing to find another label, let me ask if the "Chapter"
> option is needed in this dialog.

Heading > Chapter omits the separator like "1.1" vs "1.1:". But I'd naively like you expect that all three Number options return different results.

MSO does not list Chapter for any type.
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2023-02-20 10:16:32 UTC
Regina, Mike: any insights?
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2023-05-10 11:39:15 UTC
The dialog is read in sw/source/ui/fldui/fldref.cxx with a quite complex code. Apparently neither me nor anyone else from UX can answer your question.
Comment 5 sdc.blanco 2023-05-26 09:59:20 UTC
Beyond the functionality/behavior of "Chapter" is its "label" (which is misleading in relation to the current behavior).

Propose:  Chapter -> Paragraph number

because this option displays the number of the heading (if numbering is chosen in Tools - Heading Numbering) or the number of the list paragraph.

This proposal is meant as a temporary improvement (to remove the word "Chapter" and give a better indication of what happens with this option). Maybe later this option will still be dropped, because its functionality duplicates one of the "Number (no/full context)" options.  But until then...
Comment 6 Mike Kaganski 2023-05-26 10:01:46 UTC
(In reply to sdc.blanco from comment #5)
> Propose:  Chapter -> Paragraph number

"Paragraph number" is something entirely new, and having a huge confusion potential. Reading such a phrase, I'd imagine a sequential number of all paragraphs in a document...

Simply "Numbering"?
Comment 7 sdc.blanco 2023-05-26 10:11:16 UTC
(In reply to Mike Kaganski from comment #6)
> Reading such a phrase, I'd imagine a sequential number of all...
You do not have to imagine. In the context of this dialog, you must select one relevant paragraph in the "Selection" box.

I notice the "Chapter" also appears as an option for Type "Bookmarks".  Is it ever possible to use this "refer using" option for this type?