Created attachment 94477 [details]
flowchart illsutrating bad autopositioning of connector labels
This is not a bug report, this is rather a feature request to solve the symptom mentioned in #43071 as well.
When I make a flow chart then connector lines can have labels, which is good. But, the labels are positioned automatically, which is not always good. It would be nice to override somehow the labels automatic position and orientation.
See the attached flow chart about a very important aspect of our life. :)
The example's "yes" label is positioned automatically, very far from the place where I want to see it. I would like to see it somewhere where the "yes (text)" text frame is.
The "no" label is more-or less at a good place but I would like to have a chance to rotate it by 90 degrees. As I did it with the "no (text)" text frame.
I think the best would be leave to present working of connector labels how it is working and improve the text frames instead. It would be nice
- to have glue points for connectors
- to attach text frames to these glue points.
*** Bug 75302 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Confirmed, set as enhancement and new - Sophie.
Upon clicking into the text, you can use the RMB->Text
This will present a pop-up with positioning options
Use radio button picks to either orient to a relative sector,
N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW
Or specifiy specific numeric +/- indentations for left, right, top, bottom.
However, this is rather tedious and hit-miss, as the desired affect does not
always result after hitting OK, and you may have to do several RMB->Text cycles
before the text moves to the desired location. (costing a lot of time)
It would be best if such text were given a mini handle that becomes visible
when hovered over....similar to what is provided for glue points.
That would allow precise, real-time placement, without the need to guess, retry.
see also #91428
(In reply to Steve from comment #3)
> It would be best if such text were given a mini handle that becomes visible
> when hovered over....similar to what is provided for glue points.
> That would allow precise, real-time placement, without the need to guess,
I think a relative offset to the present position would not be flexible enough. For example, if you shift the present label 2 inches left then you have to re-adjust this value each time the line is replaced.
That's why I suggested that there should be several anchor points on the connector and I would like to tell that the connector label should be anchored to this anchor point of the connector line or that one (plus a certain amount of X and Y offset). In this case the moving connector line would take the label with itself.
As mentioned in https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43071 I'm in favor of flexibility. But since there is no workaround for rotated text. My suggestions is to provide text style features for the text. Not only the rotation but also having a transparent background would be beneficial.
Although this enhancement request is much appreciated to have, I think we can leave without it too, Changing importance to High