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From RGB ES <>
Subject Re: Default values on Writer
Date Tue, 07 Feb 2012 22:59:52 GMT
2012/1/29 Andrea Pescetti <>:
> On 22/01/2012 RGB ES wrote:
>> == Context sensitive toolbars ==
>> Context sensitive toolbars are a really useful feature but new users
>> tend to not like them because by default they appear on not so useful
>> places... like on top of the table you are trying to edit. IMHO,
>> anchoring by default those toolbars on the bottom of the window will
>> give better user experience.
> Yes. Even better would be anchoring them on the right hand side, but the
> page will redraw when they move out of the object... Anyway, I agree that
> toolbars that get in the way are a common annoyance for users, so they
> should be anchored by default.
>> == Autocorrect options ==
>> There are several autocorrect options that create confusion among new
>> (and not so new) users.
> On this one I'm less sure: there are probably as many (if not more) users
> who do rely on these features, and if we disbale them by default we will see
> a lot of requests on how to enable them.
> Probably the only one that can be safely considered annoying is Number
> Recognition in tables.
>> == Word Completion ==
>> ... Checking under Tools → AutoCorrect Options → Word Completion tab the
>> option "Show as a tip" provides a far better user experience and make
>> it more clear that this is a suggestion and not something imposed by
>> Writer.
> Indeed, this one should really be changed for better usability.
>> == Toolbar buttons ==
>> Do we need a Zoom button when we have a nice Zoom toolbar bottom right
>> on the window?
> Well, not everybody is familiar with the slider, and I don't find it so
> annoying.
>> What do you think?
> Better defaults are indeed low-hanging fruits that can make the difference
> in usability. If we have consensus in changing at least the items listed
> here, this would already be nice.
> Regards,
>  Andrea.

Another default that needs a change is the page and column break
colour (Tools → Options → → Appearance). Right now is
dark blue and it is difficult to see a page break from the text
boundary. A light red will make easier to identify breaks.

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