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Hi, Patrick,

this is really beautiful, and I really think tabs are the way to go. Firefox did, and soon enough nobody could live without it in the browser, and while no one uses as many open documents as they do with web pages at the same time, only two or three can bloat your screen real estate and get your mind real confused sometimes (it's easier to see tabs in a determined order than to hit Alt+Tab and guess in what order /that/ document came).

I would add the option to view the same document on another tab. This would tackle the issue about having a split window of a document, which M$Word had since always and we lack (AFAIK).

On the other hand, on the priorities side, I guess we should opt to go with or without tabs in an early time, because other GUI items that are being discussed in this list will depend/benefit/change with this.

Keep up.


PS.: Phil H., sorry to say, but your mockup ( is even uglier than mine :-) The idea is fantastic, though. Right-clicking is the most annoying thing I can think of, and we could add some Styles functionality quickly accesible the way you're suggesting. In the whole I believe this lends a Mac-ish touch to LO, but that's in a good way (and I agree with this statement of yours: "The more we can make context-sensitive and non-modal interfaces, the better prepared LO becomes for multi-user multi-touch interfaces", but I add one-touch interfaces too :-) ).

Em 12-06-2011 13:00, Patrick Scott <> escreveu:
Hi all,

So I spent the afternoon exploring what tabbed documents might look like
using GIMP. I installed the Ubuntu Global menu extension, took a screenshot
and then added in some Chromium tabs to the standard LibreOffice 3.3 UI.
Here is the result:

As you can see it looks extremely slick and I think the community would be
really excited if LO brought something like this to the table.

On a related note, earlier in this thread, Phil Jackson had the suggestion
of being able to see documents side by side without the unnecessary
duplication of menus. This is my interpretation of his suggestion. I added
a "pin" button to each of the chromium tabs. "Pinning" a tab would set an
orange border around the document window, shrink it to half size and then
open up the next tabbed document in a new document window alongside it. I
also gave each document window a titlebar to distinguish between them.
Finally, I put a little<->  widget in the titlebar which could allow the
user to toggle the side by side docuements perspective to a one document
below the other perspective. Here is the result:

I think this could be an interesting concept and might be worth thinking
about if we go down the tabbed document route, However, while these features
could be very useful for writer and calc, I'm not sure If there'd be much
benefit to the rest of the suite.

Please everyone, let me know your thoughts on this.


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