Issue 74295 - [RFE] File | Open default to type "All Documents" instead of "All Files (*.*)"
Summary: [RFE] File | Open default to type "All Documents" instead of "All Files (*.*)"
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Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
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Keywords: oooqa
Depends on: 10048
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Reported: 2007-02-07 17:17 UTC by pulsifer
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:39 UTC (History)
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Description pulsifer 2007-02-07 17:17:30 UTC
File | Open defaults to File Types "All files (*.*)".  This allows a novice user
to click on a document type that OOo does not support, such as PDF, and get a
confusing error message.

The suggested fix is to have File Open default to "All documents", which means
any document type that OOo recognizes, rather than *.*.

Alternatively, or additionally, when the user attempts to open an unsupported
document type, OOo could ask if the user wants to open it in the default
application, so for example, .pdf files would then be opened using Acrobat Reader.

FYI, there are several related enhancement suggestions:
Comment 1 thorsten.martens 2007-02-08 10:48:11 UTC
TM -> requirements: please have a look.
Comment 2 caiot1 2007-02-12 19:09:50 UTC
Confirming the request.
Comment 3 caiot1 2007-02-12 19:35:44 UTC
please, write a good spec and cover all bad sides if you're willing this request
to be implemented.

Take a look at this one:

Comment 4 pulsifer 2007-02-12 19:54:16 UTC
Can do.  Are there any specs or any documentation that describe how the various
file formats are detected--not the API, but what specifically is used to decide
if a document is in OpenDocument text format, Microsoft Word format, text
format, etc.?  Also, when I try to open a .pdf document in OOo v2.1, I get a
dialog box titled "ASCII Filter Options" with fields for Character set, Default
fonts, language and the Paragraph break marker.  Is there a specification that
describes when this dialog is displayed?  Thank you.
Comment 6 caiot1 2007-02-14 02:41:27 UTC
That dialog is displayed when you try to open an encoded file.

Files with strange symbols are treated as encoded.

Well... non-text files when treated as text files are simple text files with
strange symbols ;).

Comment 7 pulsifer 2007-02-14 10:49:31 UTC
Which begs the question, why would OOo decide that a PDF or any other type of
file is an encoded text file?  This is likely to be a wrong decision.  Its
possible that any file, including a binary file, could be treated as an encoded
text file.

In the spec I tried to deal with this situation explicitly.  See Paragraph B of
"When 'All Files' is selected".  This paragraph essentially states that unless
the file has a presumptive text type extension such as .txt or .log, then before
attempting to open it as a text file, OOo should first ask the user if they
would like to treat it as a text file.
Comment 8 caiot1 2007-02-14 15:15:16 UTC
There might be a lot of other or custom extensions, as err, diff, patch or a lot
of programming language file extensions.
Such a list is not feasible.
Comment 9 pulsifer 2007-02-14 15:48:01 UTC
If you refer to the draft spec, what you will see is that there is a list of
extension that will open as text without asking the user if he/she wants to open
the file as text.  These extensions include .txt, .log., and anything else.  For
files with extension not on the list, the spec states that OOo will first ask
the user if he/she wants to open the file as a text file.  This is a simple
dialog box, with two choices, OK or Cancel.

Obviously, it is more than feasible to come up with a list of extension for
which OOo will not first ask the user.  If there were no extensions on the list,
it would still be very usable.  Putting on extension on the "white list" just
makes it easier for the user, but it not required.

Also note that this only applies if the File Type selection is "All Files (*.*)"
and OOo decides that the specific file the user wants to open might be a text
file.  If the selection is "Text (*.txt)" or "Text Encoded (*.txt)", then OOo
will never ask if the user wants to treat the file as a text file.
Comment 10 pulsifer 2007-02-24 17:19:59 UTC
Here's a report at OOoForum from a user that ran into this problem: