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|Summary:||Common Page Sizes|
|Component:||code||Assignee:||AOO issues mailing list <issues>|
|Status:||CONFIRMED ---||QA Contact:|
|Issue Type:||ENHANCEMENT||Latest Confirmation in:||---|
Description discoleo 2007-10-12 16:45:20 UTC
INTRO ===== After analysing for almost 9 month (January - October 2007) the use of various Office applications (both OOo and competitor products), both at home (personal use), in a business environment (auditing dozens of employees), and in various other academic environments, I noted some common patterns of page sizes: [for US-users: please consider letter-size whenever you encounter A4 during the following paragraphs] I.) NUMBER OF PAGE-SIZES a.) most users (>80-90%) will use for most of the time (>80-90%) a single page size b.) most users (>95%-99%) will use at most 2 different page sizes c.) almost all users will never use more than 3 different page sizes I acknowledge, that here will be some very specific situations where some users will need more than 3 pages. But these situations will affect a very limited number of businesses. II.) PAGE-SIZES PROPER a.) the most used page size in Europe is A4 (letter in the US) b.) I rarely encountered the use of A3 (mostly spreadsheets) c.) I rarely encountered the use of envelope-size THE PROBLEM =========== When selecting a page size, the user has to choose from a big list of page-sizes one will *NEVER* use. Most users will need *only* 2 or 3 page-sizes during their whole lifetime. SOLUTION ======== a.) split the page-sizes list in 2 parts b.) first part contains the 3 most frequently used page sizes c.) the 2nd part contains all page-sizes d.) allow user to define his 3 most frequently used page-sizes [in my business would be A4, A3 and envelope] This would allow most users (>99%) to easily and very fast select most of the time (>99%) the proper page size with *minimal effort*, without impeding more special users (<1%) to select different page-sizes.
Comment 1 philipp.lohmann 2007-10-15 09:57:19 UTC
pl->os: that seems a sensible solution to me. The format->page dialog is your's ?
Comment 2 philipp.lohmann 2007-10-15 09:57:38 UTC
Comment 3 Oliver Specht 2007-10-15 10:30:41 UTC
Prio changed to P3, target set to OOo Later, reassigned to requirements