Bug 88477 - UI: No Different Icons for Selection Mode in Status Bar
Summary: UI: No Different Icons for Selection Mode in Status Bar
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other Windows (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Statusbar Icon-Themes-Code
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Reported: 2015-01-15 22:49 UTC by Harald Koester
Modified: 2020-12-21 03:43 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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selection mode status bar icon (7.49 KB, image/png)
2015-01-17 09:27 UTC, tommy27

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Description Harald Koester 2015-01-15 22:49:04 UTC
In the status bar you can select 4 different selection modes. But the according icon displayed in the status bar is always the same. According my understanding the main task of the status bar is the display of different program, editing, system, etc. states in order to support the user during editing. This is not the case with the selection mode. Hence I expect different icons for the 4 modes.
Comment 1 tommy27 2015-01-17 09:26:55 UTC
I confirm that. the icon always look the same.
In OOo 3.3.0 and LibO 3.5.7 there was text instead of icon (STD, EXT, AGG, BLK) and you had to left click on it to change the selection mode, while right click had no effect

as far as I see that clickable text was changed into an icon in LibO 3.6.0
now either left or ricgjt click open a popup menu where to select the desired mode, however the icon doesn't change according to the selection so you have no visual hint to know which one is the current mode.

I think the icons should change somohow to give the user that visual hint that the old text gave in the past

I'd leave the icon unchanged but with a small letter close to it, referring to the selection mode:
- S -> for standard
- E -> for extended
- A -> for adding
- B -> for block

I don't know if those letter could be international or need to be customized to match different locales (at least for what I know the same letter would work in an Italian and English locale)

let's see what the UX-team thinks about.
Comment 2 tommy27 2015-01-17 09:27:29 UTC
Created attachment 112376 [details]
selection mode status bar icon
Comment 3 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2016-08-25 04:21:40 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2017-07-18 12:47:27 UTC
Showing the icon depending on the actual state shouldn't be too difficult. EASYHACK?
Comment 5 Heiko Tietze 2018-10-05 11:43:23 UTC
Andreas, Rizal, Matthias: Please take a look at the icons.
Comment 6 Heiko Tietze 2018-10-05 12:17:22 UTC
Maxim, do we really have only one icon for all states? Shall we change this or just (re-)add the textual description?
Comment 7 QA Administrators 2020-12-21 03:43:58 UTC
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