Bug 36449 - UI Forward and Back buttons a la web browsers and IDEs
Summary: UI Forward and Back buttons a la web browsers and IDEs
Status: RESOLVED WORKSFORME
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: low enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Keywords: needsUXEval
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Blocks: Toolbars Undo-Redo
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Reported: 2011-04-20 18:28 UTC by Dave Yost
Modified: 2017-06-19 09:41 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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2011-05-09 21:56 UTC, Rainer Bielefeld Retired
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Description Dave Yost 2011-04-20 18:28:43 UTC
This feature has been adopted by many other kinds of apps other than web
browsers. IDEs have the feature, The Mac Finder has the feature, etc.

Writer should have the feature.

A further enhancement, which is implemented in the IntelliJ IDEA IDE, is to go to the previous/next site where something changed. These buttons are like back/forward except that they skip the locations where no modification was made.
Comment 1 Don't use this account, use tml@iki.fi 2011-04-20 23:30:18 UTC
Great idea, I am sure. Are you willing to help?
Comment 2 Dave Yost 2011-04-21 00:54:18 UTC
Sorry, can't. Must work for food.
Comment 3 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2011-05-09 21:56:23 UTC
Created attachment 46515 [details]
Screenshot

Do we talk about the buttons you see in my screenshot?
Comment 4 Dave Yost 2011-05-10 13:30:00 UTC
Are we talking about buttons seen in your screen shot? Yes.
Is it real?
Comment 5 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2011-05-19 23:01:43 UTC
'View > Toolbars > Navigation' should show hide that buttons.
I am not 100% sure whether that has not been added by en Extension.

@Dave Yost
@reporter:
Please feel free to reopen this bug if you find out that the problem still exists with 3.4
Comment 6 Dave Yost 2011-05-20 12:18:11 UTC
Yes, in 3.4b3 I have a 'View > Toolbars > Navigation' menu item, and it does cause Back and Forward buttons to appear in the toolbar. But what do they do?

I entered some text, moved the caret to different places then made edits at each place. The <- -> buttons remained disabled. They should have taken me to each of the different places within the buffer where I had done some work.

Perhaps they're just document-level forward and back? Not as useful as the proposal.
Comment 7 pierre-yves samyn 2011-06-18 04:28:33 UTC
Hello

(In reply to comment #6)
> Yes, in 3.4b3 I have a 'View > Toolbars > Navigation' menu item, and it does
> cause Back and Forward buttons to appear in the toolbar. But what do they do?
> 
> I entered some text, moved the caret to different places then made edits at
> each place. The <- -> buttons remained disabled. They should have taken me to
> each of the different places within the buffer where I had done some work.

This toolbar appears not to be dedicated to tracking changes, but to the history of navigation. To convince you simply double-click on chapter titles in the navigator.

However, for information, this toolbar is also enabled by Edit> Changes> Accept/Reject (with an incorrect operation)

Cf. https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=38433

Best regards
Comment 8 NickStone 2013-10-24 18:03:49 UTC
Forward/Back browser style buttons are implemented in writer but not in Calc. They are designed to allow you to follow hyperlinks and then navigate "Back" to the starting point, ie, the location of the first hyperlink that was clicked. My spreadhseets contain many hyperlinks that typically navigate to other worksheets within the spreadsheet. A "Back" button is absolutely essential from my point of view; I cannot migrate to Calc until is has been implemented. I would be enormously grateful if this enhancement was given a high priority.
Comment 9 Joel Madero 2014-11-04 03:22:55 UTC
Never confirmed by QA team - moving to UNCONFIRMED.
Comment 10 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2014-12-22 06:01:25 UTC
(In reply to Dave Yost from comment #0)
> This feature has been adopted by many other kinds of apps other than web
> browsers. IDEs have the feature, The Mac Finder has the feature, etc.
> 
> Writer should have the feature.

So what are the buttons supposed to do?

(In reply to Dave Yost from comment #6)
> I entered some text, moved the caret to different places then made edits at
> each place. The <- -> buttons remained disabled. They should have taken me
> to each of the different places within the buffer where I had done some work.

Sounds like an interesting tool. Especially if it somehow integrated with some versioning and highlighting, so when you navigated to an edit, you'd somehow have a visual representation of the edit diff. Not that I'm trying to take over your enhancement request! :-)

Status -> NEW

UX will want to weigh-in here, so tossing it to them.
Comment 11 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2016-08-25 05:38:59 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 12 Heiko Tietze 2017-06-19 09:41:22 UTC
Enhancement requests without a use case make not much sense. What is the forward/backward function good for? Who uses it in what situation? 
Anyway, in comment 8 it's pointed out that the feature exists, at least in Writer. If your use case is to jump from one position in the document to another where position means header, page number, objects, or bookmarks for just text, you can use the Navigator. All together it's a WFM (apart from the missing interest over years).