Bug 78158 - FORMATTING: How to explain what slide masters are to be used for which type of slide content
Summary: FORMATTING: How to explain what slide masters are to be used for which type o...
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Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Impress (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
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Blocks: Slide-Layout
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Reported: 2014-05-01 14:16 UTC by Máirín Duffy
Modified: 2019-06-08 12:43 UTC (History)
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Quick mockup showing how this feature could be done in the UI (224.64 KB, image/png)
2014-05-01 14:28 UTC, Máirín Duffy

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Description Máirín Duffy 2014-05-01 14:16:36 UTC
Problem description: 

Some of the slide layouts provided in LibreOffice aren't appropriate for a title slide. When you select one of these layouts for use with a slide created using a title slide master, the results are nonsensical. 

It would be nice if there was a way to associate particular layouts with particular slide masters to streamline the layout choices users have to those that make sense / have been designed accordingly for use with that master.

E.g., the way I would envision this working is that you could check on or off various layouts in the layouts selector while you have the master slide open. You could also apply the layouts to the master slide to style how they would look when a user using that master slide selected that layout. The checking on / checking off of layouts for a master slide could work similarly to how you can currently hide/show slides in the slide pane.

I'm happy to work with anyone taking up this bug to develop mockups / do user testing of design ideas to figure out the right way to enable this.
Operating System: Fedora
Version: release
Comment 1 Máirín Duffy 2014-05-01 14:28:58 UTC
Created attachment 98298 [details]
Quick mockup showing how this feature could be done in the UI
Comment 2 Cor Nouws 2014-05-01 19:45:17 UTC
Hi Máirín,

Reading my other comments, it's obvious that I'm used to sort of 'in this way can I also achieve that'.. Say workarounds.

So > New to this idea for an enhancement too.
Comment 3 Máirín Duffy 2014-05-01 20:09:15 UTC
Cor, if you have another way to achieve this let me know. I've tried hacky work arounds and the best I can do is one master slide for every single slide, which is pretty nonsensical. :(
Comment 4 Cor Nouws 2014-05-01 21:40:30 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)
> ... to achieve this let ... 

which this specifically ;) ?
Comment 5 Rebecca Fernandez 2014-05-19 16:04:01 UTC
Mairin is asking if you know another way for someone who is designing a slide master to associate individual layouts with their slide master and disable layouts that aren't a good match. Or at minimum, a workaround that lets them set a "default" layout for a slide master. 

This would help the user when they import a new slide master, because they would automatically be shown the ideal layout for that slide master. If the slide master was designed to be a title slide for the entire deck, the designer could set a default layout with a title, subtitle, and author name, for example. If the slide master design is intended to be a "content" slide, perhaps the default layout associated is one with a Header 1 and Outline, and better yet, also allows the designer to associate and format a few other layouts for different types of content.

Currently, there does not appear to be a way for a master slide designer to show the user what kind of layout to apply, or for what type of content it is intended to be used.
Comment 6 Cor Nouws 2019-06-08 12:43:15 UTC
To start: I'm going to change the summary.
  "FORMATTING: RFE: Ability to link / disable slide layouts <=> slide masters"
Since a slide master is *intended* to provide a layout, that link is unavoidable. The question is more about type of slide/content: can we make users clear that slide master A is for title pages, slide master B is for summaries, slide master C is for text content, slide master D is for pictures maybe. This depending on the wish of the designer,

So new summary:
  "FORMATTING: How to explain what slide masters are to be used for which type of slide/content"

Now since bug 62717 is fixed (already some time ago) the designer of the presentation can easily use the names of the master slides to show that.

So I immediately close as WorksForMe.