Issue 47799 - Access to input fields made easier/more intuitive
Summary: Access to input fields made easier/more intuitive
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 33737
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0 Beta
Hardware: All All
: P4 Trivial with 4 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: requirements
QA Contact: issues@sw
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Reported: 2005-04-20 09:46 UTC by rweilert
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:38 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description rweilert 2005-04-20 09:46:58 UTC
For the input fields in a new document to be filled by the user, it should be
easier to access them when the new document is opened. What I mean is a document
or a template containing input fields made by

Insert > Fields > Other > "Functions" tab > Input field

When I open a document containing these fields, 

1. I cannot see the text until all fields are filled and the last dialog has
been closed (maybe a bug in my display?),

2. for each field a new dialog is opened instead of just letting me insert the
text into the field within the text directly,

3. each dialog has to be closed by Alt+W (German localization) or "Weiter",

4. and after the last dialog the whole chain stopps and cannot be run through
again (instead I have to click on the fields with the mouse).

To make this feature as useful as it is in MS-Word, one should implement 

1. the possibility to jump to the next field by pressing just one button (I
would prefer Tab), 

2. insertion within the field in the text where the text is visible,

3. the chain of fields just starting over after Tab-bing from the last field.

Actually this is the only feature missing that has kept me from completely
converting all my office work to OOo yet.

Comment 1 michael.ruess 2005-04-20 10:03:18 UTC
Reassigned to ES.
Comment 2 eberlein 2005-04-20 12:20:22 UTC
As you described, you want to use the document as a form. Then see OOo has no 
pendant to a microsofts Form-TextField. IMO a new field type is much-needed.
You can use form-textfields in OOo too, but the length is fix. Though it is 
planned to change this (see the specs-docs), other shortcomings are:
borders are printed, without border you need an unprintable shading to identify 
the field.

Comment 3 rweilert 2005-04-21 08:18:47 UTC
Hi Peter,

Thanks for your answer. I have to say, of all the possible things to try
achieving an effect similar to MSWord's input fields and forms, the Input Field
of OOo seems the best candidate to me: 

It looks like standard text, it appears grayed, takes over the text styles, runs
as long as you would like (though some might want to be able to confine it in
length if appropriate) and behaves just like normal text within text. 

I can block the whole text by just marking it and choosing a write protection
for it, and I still have access to the input fields. When I save the document as
a template and call this, (almost) everything is working as expected.

The only drawback yet is its roundaboutness during fill-out. I could live with
dialogs popping up for each field, but the text should be visible and you should
be able to begin filling out all over once you reached the bottom.

So to me this seems to be like a tweaking of an already existing element rather
than introducing a new one. That's why I placed this issue under Enhancements. I
don't want an MSO clone, and if there was another way of doing the task so
smoothly as I can in my daily office work with MSWord, I would happily accept
it. But IMHO this is a real chance of tweaking something existing in OOo to make
it really usable in office practice.

Comment 4 eric.savary 2005-04-21 12:09:47 UTC
Comment 5 Mathias_Bauer 2009-11-18 16:26:44 UTC
duplicate to issue 33737

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 33737 ***
Comment 6 Mathias_Bauer 2009-11-18 16:27:06 UTC
closing duplicate