Bug 98825 - Calc: Data entry form doesn't "do what it says on the tin", loses data being entered
Summary: Calc: Data entry form doesn't "do what it says on the tin", loses data being ...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Calc-DataForm
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Reported: 2016-03-22 19:22 UTC by Anthony Youngman
Modified: 2022-03-10 03:44 UTC (History)
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Description Anthony Youngman 2016-03-22 19:22:44 UTC
The "next" and "previous" buttons lose any data the user may have entered, and "new" saves the data but doesn't go to a new record.

To reproduce, create a spreadsheet with several rows. Use the data entry form and go to a row somewhere in the middle. Edit the data.

If you now use "next" or "previous" you will lose your changes.

If you use "new", the changes will be saved, but you will go to the NEXT row, not necessarily a new row.

Tested on LO 4 on gentoo linux, and with the latest official Windows download - - on Windows 7
Comment 1 Anthony Youngman 2016-03-22 19:25:05 UTC
Should have added - in the absence of an explicit "save" button, the user has no way of telling (apart from learning from the school of hard knocks) how he is supposed to save his data.
Comment 2 Buovjaga 2016-03-31 10:45:33 UTC
Consulting ux-advisors. Menu in Calc: Data - Form.
Comment 3 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2016-08-25 05:49:44 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2016-10-06 07:44:28 UTC
Not sure for what purpose this dialog is implemented. But anyway, the paging (next/previous) through entries in fact doesn't take care about changes.

Option 1) Disable editing and use paging to browse only
Option 2) Save changes on next/previous

I guess 2) is what users expect (at least Anthony) and what this dialog has been designed for. So this is a bug, no further UX advice needed.
Comment 5 Anthony Youngman 2016-10-21 21:33:17 UTC
Yup. Look at what Excel does. It's a data entry form, used to enter and update data. I don't really use it much, but it's a nice convenience, especially when entering a lot of data. So for it to lose data is not nice.

Actually, I'm not sure, but I think Excel may have the same bug with respect to "new", but I'm pretty certain "next" and "previous" don't lose data.
Comment 6 QA Administrators 2017-10-23 14:02:40 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 Xisco Faulí 2020-03-09 13:28:31 UTC
Please add keyword 'needsUXEval' and CC 'libreoffice-ux-advise@lists.freedesktop.org' if input from UX is needed.
Comment 8 QA Administrators 2022-03-10 03:44:49 UTC
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