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Hi Christoph, Rick, all

Thank you, Christoph! I'll include these buttons in the mockup.

Rick, this is probably a great idea. I personally would like it a lot!
Although, It may implicates some language problems, like "how to count"
words in different languages, or even performance problems. Imagine the
delay to count each word when you past (or delete) a long text once. Of
course, i'm speculating about it. The real problems may be different, but
I'm sure it'll require a wide work.

We could join every ideas about the Status Bar change in a wiki page to make
it easier to know the current progress. I'm purposing make the changes in
small steps (or versions), where each step could be a "section" in the page,
so the developers can follow these steps in a efficient way. I think I'll be
able to create the page tonight, but all are invited to join.

By the way, I did a HTML mockup, so will be simple to purpuse ideas and see
them "implemented". For now it's just CSS working, but I think we could
include some javascript (with jQuery) to make it interactive, eg. to create
functional menus. I can't upload it now because the FTP is blocked at
university. Someone know a easy way to upload the HTML code and change it in
a collaborative way (Like Etherpad or Google Docs was to text)? I'll try to
find a solution before upload it to wiki (that seems to be the hardest way
to work on it).


Paulo José O. Amaro
Estudante de Ciência da Computação / UFSJ
Webdesigner / Linked E.J.
Blogueiro /

2011/3/13 Rick Hansson <>


I like this new grouping, Paulo. It make sense.

Also I would prefer to have most of the items in the status bar turned off.
The user should decide what goes in there. I would love to see a word count
for example. This has probably been discussed before (I'm new here), so in
that case ignore it.


2011/3/12 Paulo José <>

Hi everyone,

I'm thinking about changing the LibreOffice Writer's Status Bar. Just a
little bit. :-P

My motivation was the feeling of confusion that actually appear
making me think about a new way to organize that information.

I tried to capture some initial thinkings about the status bar, pointing
its issues. I perceived we can categorize its information in Page,
and Selection related:

For more information about the options of Writer's Status Bar, see the
LibreOffice's wiki page [1].

As you can see, there's some same category's information in different
places. An issue, by example, it's when the user wanna know the page
when scrolling the page, so it needs look at the left side, while
at the right side of screen.

I tried to achieve a better way to organize these informations, keeping a
logical relationship between them. In my proposal, the Document
stay in the left site, the Page information on the right side and the
Selection information stay closer to the content, in the center. Also an
order that I tried to keep is "Edition" items before "Only-Information"
items. This is my proposal:

I'd like to hear what you think about it. It's just one of my ideas
concerning the Status Bar, including changing the Insert and Selection
text to icons, and evencreating a dynamic status bar, integrated with
context toolbars.

But in small steps we walk longer, does not? :-) By now, I think we could
just reorganize the Status Bar and improve its communicability. :-)


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Paulo José O. Amaro
Computer Science Student
Federal University of São João del-Rei
WebDesigner / Linked Empresa Júnior
Blogger /

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