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|Summary:||"Special Characters" dialog, zoom character on mouse over|
|Component:||ui||Assignee:||AOO issues mailing list <issues>|
|Status:||CONFIRMED ---||QA Contact:|
|Issue Type:||ENHANCEMENT||Latest Confirmation in:||---|
Description jurf 2010-11-13 17:34:05 UTC
Feature request: tweaks to "Special Characters" dialog This issue requests three minor changes to the "Insert | Special Characters" dialog, all intended to improve usability. Should these requests be programatically distinct, feel free to split the issue. 1. At present, when a character is selected, the dialog shows a zoomed view of the character, and its Unicode value. The request is for the character's Unicode name to be shown as well (eg "LATIN SMALL S WITH DOT BELOW"), as per Unicode's scheme (see http://unicode.org/Public/UCA/5.2.0/allkeys.txt - a more recent version may exist). The enchancement removes confusion between visually similar but semantically very different characters, which can be indistinguishable depending on font design, hinting, and/or screen resolution. For example, can you tell the difference between these: ᾽ ᾿ ’ ʼ ̓ ̕ ? (if this looks corrupt, your font lacks some of the characters) 2. At present, the zoomed character view and Unicode value are only shown when a glyph is actually selected (and thus added to the selection string). The information would be more usefully displayed before character selection, meaning on mousing over. 3. At present, the dialog's Delete button clears the entire selection string; kinder would be for it to clear only the last character added. If implemented, "Undo" might be a better button label. Many thanks
Comment 1 Regina Henschel 2010-11-13 19:38:04 UTC
I found the first and third wish in other issues, but not the second. Therefore change Summary to reflect this request. See also meta issue 76250.
Comment 2 jurf 2010-11-13 22:14:09 UTC
Thank you, regina, I wasn't aware of the meta issue. I can't find my request for showing the character *name* on there, however. To be clear about it, I'm attaching a quick mock up image of the dialog.
Comment 3 jurf 2010-11-13 22:15:10 UTC
Created attachment 74725 [details] suggestion for displaying character name (per Unicode)