Bug 51923 - Usability issue: Make the list of headings in "Target in document" window (for links) more like the list in the Navigator
Summary: Usability issue: Make the list of headings in "Target in document" window (fo...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Dialog
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Reported: 2012-07-09 17:39 UTC by narayanaras
Modified: 2017-06-26 20:29 UTC (History)
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Comparing the NAV and TID windows visually (58.65 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2012-07-09 17:41 UTC, narayanaras

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Description narayanaras 2012-07-09 17:39:06 UTC
For brevity, I will use NAV=Navigator window and TID=Target in Document window.

The list of headings in the TID window are extremely difficult to use.

Firstly, it looks totally different from the headings shown in the NAV:
1. NAV has a hierarchical tree, whereas the TID list is flat.
2. The NAV list is mostly collapsed, but the TID list is always fully exploded.
   We cannot explode the NAV list, nor collapse nodes of TID list.
4. The NAV list has no outline numbers; the TID list has outline numbers.

(See the attached file for screenshots). 

Secondly, the TID window is very small (narrow and short). As a result, we can see only a part of the list at a time; and longer entries cannot be seen fully.
Suggestions to make the list more user-friendly: 

1. Make this list identical to the Navigator (tree structure). This will make it very familiar.

2. Remove the outline numbers from the TID list.

3. Make the TID window resizable.

4. Provide a search field in TID window (as the user types the entry he wants, only matching entries remain in the list, and the rest are hidden).
Comment 1 narayanaras 2012-07-09 17:41:44 UTC
Created attachment 64041 [details]
Comparing the NAV and TID windows visually
Comment 2 narayanaras 2012-07-10 03:10:32 UTC

I have used the term "explode" to mean "expand all nodes of a tree at once".

The tree in NAV cannot be exploded: It expands only one node at a time.

On the other hand, the TID list is flat.
In a large document, this list is excessively long.
* Since it is not sorted alphabetically, spotting the desired node is difficult.
* We cannot collapse the unwanted chapters out of the way. 
* Viewing a huge list through a tiny TID window makes it claustrophobic blinkered experience.
Comment 3 bfoman (inactive) 2013-01-28 12:21:29 UTC
Marking as Enhancement request.
Comment 4 Cor Nouws 2013-05-17 16:10:22 UTC
nice suggestion- thanks - though I think that numbers are usefull in TID too.

(set version to olders available here: it's been like this for ages)
Comment 5 Cor Nouws 2013-08-16 07:20:00 UTC
should simply be set to new