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[libreoffice-design] Re: The Sidebar Problem


Daniel,

Your mockup looks okay, but I'm a little confused. You say that duplicate
controls are bad, but you included duplicate direct formatting controls in
your bottom toolbar. For me, the whole point is to shift controls to the
sidebar, and avoid toolbars. I don't think there's any problem with
duplicate controls, so long as it's clear they do the same thing.

I don't think it would be unreasonable to have a default sidebar, but make
it customizable so that those who wish to can put their own controls where
they want them. Far better than trying to divine the correct placement of
single controls would be to allow users to create the interface they're
comfortable with; the tools I use most often won't be the ones you choose.
Most software seems to have headed this way in recent years, and it's a good
thing.



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[libreoffice-design] Re: The Sidebar ProblemDaniel Hulse <simplecontrast@gmail.com>
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[libreoffice-design] The Sidebar Problem"Mirek M." <mazelm@gmail.com>
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[libreoffice-design] Re: The Sidebar ProblemDaniel Hulse <simplecontrast@gmail.com>
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