Issue 82567

Summary: Common Page Sizes
Product: Writer Reporter: discoleo <discoleo>
Component: codeAssignee: AOO issues mailing list <issues>
Status: CONFIRMED --- QA Contact:
Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P3 CC: frank.loehmann, issues
Version: current   
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Hardware: All   
OS: All   
Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT Latest Confirmation in: ---
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Description discoleo 2007-10-12 16:45:20 UTC
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]


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.


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

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.


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