Issue 113260

Summary: improved information display in OOo file dialogs
Product: General Reporter: Joe Smith <jes>
Component: uiAssignee: AOO issues mailing list <issues>
Status: CONFIRMED --- QA Contact:
Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P3 CC: elish, issues
Version: OOo 3.2.1   
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: PC   
OS: All   
Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT Latest Confirmation in: 4.1.0-dev
Developer Difficulty: ---
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Description Joe Smith 2010-07-19 22:25:44 UTC
I wonder if it would be possible to consider some simple improvements to the OOo
file dialogs, to make them just a bit more useful and a little easier to use?

The most important change would be to

1) Make more room for the file names, so that the dialog displays as much of the
file name as possible.

The current dialog has extra space available while the file names are truncated.

The second improvement would be to

2) Change the file type label text, so that the label starts with the most
important information.

For example, the current dialog shows the types for two files as "OpenDocument
Text", and "OpenDocument Spreadsheet" and then truncates the labels at the
right, so that both show only "OpenDocument T" and "OpenDocument S". The
truncated information looks nearly the same for both files and is difficult--if
not impossible--for the user to understand.

If the labels were instead something like "Text Document (ODF)" and "Spreadsheet
(ODF)", then a truncated type label would still leave the most important
information for the user.

This label style is already used in the dialog for images: "Graphics (jpg)"

The information in the size and date columns could also be displayed more
efficiently, making more room available for the file names.

I would be happy to propose some improved file type labels if someone can point
me to the current list--I can't find where the file type labels come from in the
OOo source.
Comment 1 Edwin Sharp 2013-12-29 16:10:31 UTC
Please attach images of the proposed changes.
Comment 2 Joe Smith 2013-12-30 18:43:01 UTC
Created attachment 82191 [details]
Presentation of proposed changes
Comment 3 Edwin Sharp 2014-01-14 13:17:01 UTC
Thank you for these valuable improvements.