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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 118727] New: Give a hint for the reason for a disabled UI-function/button in status-line
Date Thu, 05 Jan 2012 15:38:48 GMT
https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=118727

             Bug #: 118727
        Issue Type: DEFECT
           Summary: Give a hint for the reason for a disabled
                    UI-function/button in status-line
    Classification: Code
           Product: ui
           Version: OOo 3.3
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P5
         Component: ui
        AssignedTo: uineedsconfirm@openoffice.org
        ReportedBy: tommyads@yahoo.de
                CC: ooo-issues@incubator.apache.org


Proposal for usability:
it is very convenient for - especially not too experienced - users, if -
whenever a function or a button in the UI is disabled and the user moves the
mouse-pointer over the disabled button - the reason (or at least one of the
reasons) for the nonavailability of the function can be read in the status-line
at the bottom of the application.

The tooltip should show what the button does (i.e. its function), and the
status-line should show one of the reasons whenever the button/function is
disabled.

This design was invented by me and implemented in one of the programs I
designed, which was very appreciated by the users.

The programming was quite easy: in the module for deciding whether to
disable/enable the button, the reason is known, and there the hint is set.

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