Under another thread this has been mentioned, but I thought this deserves its own bug/enhancement thread.
LibreOffice uses its own highlighting instead the OS default and this looks inconsistent with the rest of the applications. While this looks ugly to some, it is mostly not feasible. Especially on Mac platform it is really cumbersome.
I will attach a screenshot from Calc on OS X, as you will see it is nearly impossible to distinguish the selected cells from the rest of the spreadsheet.
Also Numbers has also its own highlighting method, instead filling the cells, it uses a thick selection border, which is always distinguishable.
But the best practice would be using native highlighting of each platform itself, establishing consistency with the rest of the system.
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Calc cell highlighting
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Please feel free to add more screenshots/comparisons from different desktop environments.
I agree. LibreOffice should use the native highlighting style of every platform, and remove these highlighting customization options that it currently has.
> I agree. LibreOffice should use the native highlighting style of every
> platform, and remove these highlighting customization options that it
> currently has.
I agree completely. Using the native highlighting method on every platform would make LibreOffice *feel* native, and would make it immeditaly feel familiar and handy to new users. So, while on the *rational* side this is not one of the most urgent enhancement requests, it is of considerable importance on the *emotional* side.
A simple example of what I mean by rational/emotional importance:
I have resisted for a long time to use GIMP, not because it would not provide most of the features I need for everyday imaging work, but simply because it felt so “clumsy” to me; I was far too familiar (a) to the native Mac OS (X) UI and
(b) to Photoshop. Now GIMP 2.8 has got a semi-native Mac OS X UI, and suddenly I begin to feel comfortable with it, and actually to use it ...
Because of this personal experience I think it is really important to make the UI feel native and familiar to the users, especially the simple basics of the UI, and the highlighting is definitely a part of these basics.
Since bug https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=38244 has been solved, and these text ranges still seem to use custom LO highlighting, I wonder if standard Mac highlighting could be tweaked to reflect standard Mac text highlighting colours (shown here: http://www.macmousecalls.com/files/system-preferences3.jpg)
One downside of using custom highlighting (in this case LO highlighting), it does not really select the glyphs, it just covers them with a layer of its own, so character visibility declines. IMO this is bad m'kay.
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Migrating Whiteboard tags to Keywords: (easyHack, difficultyBeginner, skillCpp)
There are no code pointer
NEEDINFO isnt a suitable status for this bug as nothing is needed from the OP. If code pointers are needed and we want to track such bugs, then a whiteboard keyword would likely be the better option to do that.
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