I'm a recent convert from Word, and I love most of the features of LO. However, I would like to request some changes to the "Insert Special Character" dialog.
In Word a character isn't entered until the user double-clicks (which I like for the sake of confirmation), and furthermore the user can click off the window, continue editing the document, and insert a special character in a completely different location. I don't like having to open the dialog every time I need a new character, which can happen a lot in my case. At least, could the user be given the power to edit the characters they are inserting freely, rather than just deleting them all at once?
A more organized request:
- Allow user to edit the document with the dialog open.
- Allow user to change only some of the characters they want to insert, instead of deleting them all.
Can I have someone else's thoughts on this?
Dialogs are deliberately modal in Libreoffice, but we have the sidebar. Actually your feature request is to get better access to special characters, and not a particular solution. Does our idea for an improved dialog along with quick access meets your requirements?
#34882 with the referenced blog post
I think keep Special Character dialog in the front is a good solution.
So, this seems like a really straight forward proposal. Can the Special Character dialog be adjusted to remain open but not linked to the edit cursor on the document canvas? Then reread edit cursor location when activated with a character pick?
The special character was discussed together with a toolbar feature here http://user-prompt.com/de/libreoffice-design-session-special-character/
Making the dialog amodal is not a good solution. Feature-wise it might work but not when consistency and familiarity is relevant.
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #5)
> The special character was discussed together with a toolbar feature here
> Making the dialog amodal is not a good solution. Feature-wise it might work
> but not when consistency and familiarity is relevant.
So we have to use BabelMap or similar app instead in this case, isn’t it?
(In reply to Volga from comment #6)
> So we have to use BabelMap or similar app instead in this case, isn’t it?
There is no "you have to". Depending on operating system and use case, Babelmap could be a versatile tool for you.