Bug 95329 - Could the status bar report the number of comments, please?
Summary: Could the status bar report the number of comments, please?
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Statusbar Writer-Comments
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Reported: 2015-10-26 11:45 UTC by Luke Kendall
Modified: 2019-06-13 14:48 UTC (History)
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Comment number feedback UI problem screenshot (19.61 KB, image/png)
2017-04-26 10:50 UTC, Luke Kendall
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Description Luke Kendall 2015-10-26 11:45:44 UTC
It would be helpful to know how many comments there are in a document.  It would also be nice to know how many words and/or kb of text within the comments taken as a whole.

Thanks for considering...

luke
Comment 1 Buovjaga 2015-11-03 08:56:30 UTC
Sounds good -> NEW.
Comment 2 Dieter Praas 2017-04-26 08:23:27 UTC
There is an easy way to see the number of comments
1) open the navigator
2) move your cursor to "comments" => the number of comments is displayed
Comment 3 Buovjaga 2017-04-26 08:31:40 UTC
(In reply to Dieter Praas from comment #2)
> There is an easy way to see the number of comments
> 1) open the navigator
> 2) move your cursor to "comments" => the number of comments is displayed

Good point. Yet, the stats tab of properties does contain information on things shown in the Navigator. The question is do we map these views one to one (including Hyperlinks, Sections, Bookmarks etc.)?

Asking design team for an opinion.
Comment 4 Luke Kendall 2017-04-26 10:30:48 UTC
Thanks. That suffices.  I will note, though, that the discoverability of the feature seems very low to me.

In contrast, I expected the "File Properties" panel to contain that information, since it seems an important property of the document.

But, now that I know, I probably won't forget.  Thank you.
Comment 5 Luke Kendall 2017-04-26 10:50:01 UTC
Created attachment 132853 [details]
Comment number feedback UI problem screenshot

What it looked like when the number of comments failed to be displayed, within a minute.
Comment 6 Luke Kendall 2017-04-26 10:50:28 UTC
I'll just note a problem, related. trying out the feature on a large file (novel) with many comments, opened up as a .docx file: there's no indication as to when you can trust the number displayed.

After waiting for a minute or so for LO to become responsive, opening the file (all menus drawn and operational, number of pages displayed at the bottom of the window), I opened the navigator and hovered the cursor over the comments field. It said 193.  (I knew that was wrong.)  Puzzled, I checked again, and saw that the number had increased.  There was no indication that the number was stil l being calculated.

Checking back some minutes later, I see the number is now saying 970.  (And now, a minute later, 1016.)  There's no indication as to how long I need to wait to get the final number.  I suppose I'll check back every minute or so until the number remains unchanged.

The usability of this feature seems a little poor, for the case of someone working with an editor on a novel.

I'll add that I also had to move the mouse over the "Comments" word and wait for approx 25 seconds before the current total appeared. (1068.)  If one didn't know that the number would appear, one would easily assume that there was no balloon text.

In fact, I had trouble making it appear this last attempt. I clicked on the word Comments and left the cursor hovering over it, but nothing had changed after waiting 75 seconds.  I tried again, and a small grey-dashed rectangular outline appeared, but was not then rendered with the number.  I have attached a screenshot. I then tried click on the first comment and hovering the cursor back over the word comment, and it finally (and quite quickly) appeared. (Total was unchanged, at 1068.)

I just thought these problems might not have been mentioned.
Comment 7 Heiko Tietze 2017-04-28 09:02:30 UTC
(In reply to Buovjaga from comment #3)
> Asking design team for an opinion.

This info could be shown at the status bar along with the word count (ideally optional enabled per checkbox in the wc dialog). Or just added to the word count dialog. -> EASYHACK (or maybe not since the tooltip in the Navigator might be based on the UI control).

About the missing feedback on load it's better to file another ticket.
Comment 8 Luke Kendall 2017-04-29 09:24:09 UTC
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #7)
> (In reply to Buovjaga from comment #3)

> 
> About the missing feedback on load it's better to file another ticket.

I feel that the missing feedback after load won't matter, if the number of comments is reported in the file properties panel.

So unless this ends up being resolved as Won't Fix, I'll hold back from doing that.