Bug 61718 - VIEWING: Column and Row headers in Calc look dated
Summary: VIEWING: Column and Row headers in Calc look dated
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Heiko Tietze
Whiteboard: target:6.4.0
Keywords: accessibility, needsDevEval, needsUXEval, topicUI
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Blocks: Calc-Enhancements
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Reported: 2013-03-03 01:00 UTC by Adolfo Jayme Barrientos
Modified: 2019-10-02 20:47 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Image showing difference between light and dark theme (28.61 KB, image/png)
2019-08-15 13:54 UTC, Hitesh Shah

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Description Adolfo Jayme Barrientos 2013-03-03 01:00:41 UTC
Problem description: The Column and Row headers in any Calc spreadsheet look very Windows Vista. They have a prominent faux bevel/reflection, which does not fit with our mostly flat UI. Compare LibreOffice headers versus Office 2013 headers (attachment 74552 [details] and attachment 74551 [details]).

I’m not suggesting that we should copy Office 2013’s style, but the trend everywhere (Apple doesn’t count) is to go flat, concise, minimal, beautiful.

Design could take a look at this, but we could at least revert to the OpenOffice.org 2.0’s headers (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/63/OpenOffice.org_2.0.2_Calc_Windows.png).
Operating System: All
Version: unspecified
Comment 1 Emir Sarı 2013-05-04 20:37:03 UTC
It's a great idea, but OO.org headers more look like Windows 95. :)

Headers should carry the look of the platform they are on. Saying this, any effort should be done in coordination with Bug 57894. 

A valid enhancement request, setting status to "NEW".
Comment 2 Adolfo Jayme Barrientos 2013-12-15 20:04:35 UTC
Mockup by Mirek: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/images/3/34/Calc-headers.png
Comment 3 Joel Madero 2014-02-27 23:03:46 UTC
In order to limit the confusion between ProposedEasyHack and EasyHack and to make queries much easier we are changing ProposedEasyHack to NeedsDevEval.

Thank you and apologies for the noise
Comment 4 Tin Man 2014-03-03 07:24:57 UTC
Just updated my mockup to match the new icon set better: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/images/3/34/Calc-headers.png. (The highlight color should, of course, still be based on the system highlight color.)
I'm not sure whether the header rectangles can contain inner borders as in the mockup -- that would be good to know.

It would also be good to change the appearance of the selection box to reflect the selection color and to sit above the Calc headers, not below.
Comment 5 Adolfo Jayme Barrientos 2014-03-23 09:13:22 UTC
Thanks, Mirek. CCing Kendy so that he can evaluate this.
Comment 6 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2015-12-13 11:24:04 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 Hitesh Shah 2019-08-15 13:54:06 UTC
Created attachment 153416 [details]
Image showing difference between light and dark theme
Comment 8 Hitesh Shah 2019-08-15 13:58:19 UTC
Comment on attachment 153416 [details]
Image showing difference between light and dark theme

While viewing row numbers and column letters is easy in a light theme such as Adwaita it is less clear when a user has a dark theme such as Adwaita-dark.

I would favor having a uniform color derived from the user's gtk/qt theme without the need for a step gradient effect. Thanks!
Comment 9 Heiko Tietze 2019-08-16 06:57:32 UTC
Don't we want to stay as close as possible with the system theme and isn't the column header drawn with default colors/gradients?
Comment 10 Hitesh Shah 2019-08-16 08:25:26 UTC
The default color is fine but is the gradient necessary? The gradient makes the numbers for each row less clear if the system theme is dark. I don't see any purpose in the gradient as it exists.
Comment 11 Adolfo Jayme Barrientos 2019-10-02 16:16:55 UTC
Fixed in core commit 67fd62b3edc86c2891f279b25cf9919c4bbbbca1 (master/6.4.x).