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Re: [libreoffice-design] The Sidebar Problem


Hi Alex,

2014-01-28 Alexander Wilms <f.alexander.wilms@gmail.com>

> Hi Mirek,
>
> agree that the duplication of functionality is rather confusing.Did you
> mean that the individual panes would appear as a pop-up like e.g. the
> "Insert table" button already does?
> The cell appearance btton would then open the panel in sucha a way:
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1SoIjRsaQikR3lZT1RBNThTcmc/
> edit?usp=sharing
>

For most of the panes, a popover isn't appropriate, as the pane is simply
too complex to be useful as a popover. As per elementary's guidelines [1]
(GNOME doesn't have its own popover guidelines yet), "don't use a popover
if the user would spend more than a few seconds in it".
In the case of the Properties pane, I hope one day it will completely
replace the formatting dialogs that we have.

That said, I would love to have some simple, specialized popovers for quick
tweaks. Even something like
http://bassultra.deviantart.com/art/Spreadsheet-363147552 (that's still
just a subset of what we have in Properties). Or an Insert popover.
That's a project for another day, though.

I think this would be better than showing them in a sidebar, since the
> mouse has to travel more and there's no visual connection.


It'd be great if it was possible to align toolbar buttons to the right [2].
That could solve both the mouse travel and the visual connection problems.
I hope to have a discussion on this at the upcoming hackfest.

[1] http://elementaryos.org/docs/human-interface-guidelines/popovers
[2] As in http://spiceofdesign.deviantart.com/art/Writer-Concept-351501580or
http://media.maceinsteiger.de/2009/02/bild-27.jpg

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References:
[libreoffice-design] The Sidebar Problem"Mirek M." <mazelm@gmail.com>
Re: [libreoffice-design] The Sidebar ProblemAlexander Wilms <f.alexander.wilms@gmail.com>
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