Bug 65231 - EDITING: Enable to change the color for record changes without loosing the differentiation between authors
Summary: EDITING: Enable to change the color for record changes without loosing the di...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
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Blocks: Track-Changes Options-Dialog
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Reported: 2013-06-01 09:32 UTC by bugquestcontri
Modified: 2018-12-09 01:09 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description bugquestcontri 2013-06-01 09:32:52 UTC
Problem description: 
Currently when using the record changes setting "by Author", the  first author appears in a brownish color. This color is getting difficult to read if there are some changes made.

Enhancement request:
Enable a selection of different colors for each author without loosing the differentiation between  authors.
Operating System: All
Version: release
Comment 1 Jorendc 2013-06-01 10:22:58 UTC
Valid enhancement request! Therefore marking it as such.

Kind regards,
Comment 2 Steve 2013-12-01 17:08:19 UTC
I also support this request
Comment 3 Jorendc 2013-12-01 17:37:40 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> I also support this request
@Steve: the version of a bug is the oldest version of LibreOffice you can reproduce that behavior. So, in this case it's an enhancement request, we can set it to unspecified because it isn't implemented at all.

Kind regards,
Comment 4 Coucouf 2016-02-21 21:16:12 UTC
Any news about this issue?
This change would be welcome.

It’s disappointing not to be able to change what looks like a simple thing from a user’s perspective.
Comment 5 RMonk 2016-05-01 10:06:52 UTC
Still hoping for news on this.  It needs fixing by allowing a user to select their own edit colour or by at least changing the default colours so that the first few are all properly visible and differentiated colours in use, not light and not too similar.  Removing the yellow/brown initial default colour would be a great start ... and simple given that more involved changes are obviously difficult given the years of no change on this bug.
Comment 6 mrodent33 2016-09-30 15:32:46 UTC
Echo previous two comments... it's truly undermining the usefulness of this feature when different colours are used each time.  In addition to some of the colours used (e.g. light brown) being quite hard on the eyes, much much more important is that it is natural to the human brain to have consistency: Ms A's stuff is using dark blue for her changes; Mr B is using dark red; Dr C is using dark green...
Comment 7 RonnyC 2016-10-11 08:49:45 UTC
I completely agree with 'mrodent33@yahoo.co.uk'. This feature would be a major enhancement for all people collaborating and writing documents together. 

Just to repeat with different word what 'mrodent' said:
It would be nice to have a menu to change the tracking colour for the first, second, third ... author myself. Maybe one could handle colours for specific authors (identified by name and than in the changes even have the same colour in all edited documents).
Comment 8 Andrew 2017-06-23 01:22:10 UTC
I add my support for this enhancement request.
Comment 9 CaroZ 2017-07-05 10:50:08 UTC
I support this request, it would be great
Comment 10 Luka Oman 2017-07-29 16:18:12 UTC
Any hope this 4 years old request to see the light of day? It would make our lives more colorful, ehm, easier.
Comment 11 Dan Carr 2018-01-25 21:49:37 UTC
I would like to add my endorsement for this change.  The colors selected for tracking changes are hard to view.  To work around this issue, I was forced to load a multi-page document into a table and use one column to identify changes which were sometimes a single character used to correct a misspelling and a third column to identify author.
Comment 12 Dan Carr 2018-01-25 22:03:01 UTC
Sorry for the comment: 
This item has been fixed: 
Go to Tools-Options-Writer-Changes  and you may select from the color palate for each type of change.
Comment 13 Thomas Lendo 2018-06-02 20:52:23 UTC
Closing the bug as RESOLVED WORKSFORME according to comment 12.

If someone knows the patch that fixed this issue, please comment and change the status to RESOLVED FIXED.

If this bug isn't fixed completely, please reopen with status NEW.
Comment 14 jan 2018-10-29 17:33:39 UTC
Request was not fixed at all - the title specifically says that the fix should keep differentiation between authors awailable. The fix mentioned in comment #12 doesn't provide that (applying it would cause all authors' changes to have the same colour).

We need this a lot, the default colours are also hard to read by colorblind people or users of flux/redshift apps (these filter blue light during evening/night time to reduce eye strain).
Comment 15 jano31coa 2018-12-04 10:40:29 UTC
I completely agree with this post. We use record changes a lot at work, and this is definitely making things difficult for people to switch from MSWORD.
With LO WRITER you can change the color, but then it's the same color for all "Authors". You can choose that each "Author" gets a different color, but the default colors are bad. Some are difficult to read on the screen, and some others are difficult to read on printed material, which is really frustrating.

Is there a way to make this happen faster ? give money for someone to fix this ?
Comment 16 Jim Avera 2018-12-09 01:09:10 UTC
Can we just change the default (first author) color to a *readable* color?

The yellow/gold color is horrible, as many people have said here and elsewhere.  Just change it to something darker and think about a proper fix later...

(I suspect that the fix we really want might break MS Word compatibility.  But just making the current algorithm use readable colors should be relatively easy?)