Issue 80527 - Formula object should not be selected after converting text to formula
Summary: Formula object should not be selected after converting text to formula
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Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.2
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Reported: 2007-08-09 14:19 UTC by jdpipe
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:41 UTC (History)
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Description jdpipe 2007-08-09 14:19:41 UTC
1. create a new OOo text document
2. type '%theta'
3. select the entered text using HOME followed by SHIFT+END
4. convert the selected text to a formula using ALT+I, O, F 
5. attempt to type your next word

After the formula has been inserted, the *text* cursor should be given back,
rather than the resulting object being highlighted in the current way.

The current behaviour requires a rather unintuitive ESC key press before the
user can continue typing.

For anyone writing a document with a lot of formulae and symbols, this small
change would make usability quite a bit nicer.

A further unituitive thing is that after pressing ALT+I, O, F, the UP and DOWN
keys seem to move the formula around. Worse, after pressing 'UP', pressing
'DOWN' does not return the formula to its original place. And pressing 'DOWN' a
second time moves the formula *up* again. Pressing 'LEFT' and 'RIGHT' don't do
anything. I don't know what this feature is, and I don't see any conceivable use
for it; I would rather that the arrows did what I was doing just before I
pressed ALT+I, O, F: moving the cursor around my document.

I would like to say here that the forumula editor has managed to create a good
syntax that is easy to use and intuitive, so well done on that and thank you
very much.
Comment 1 jdpipe 2007-08-09 14:20:46 UTC
to see the 'up' and 'down' issue, it is probably necessary for the formula to be
in the middle of a line of text eg

aaa %theta bbb
Comment 2 michael.ruess 2007-08-10 10:05:29 UTC
MRU->FL: I think, that this depends on the user, what he might be in his
target... the one wants to continue writing his text, the other wants to edit
the object's properties. But I guess, in this special case (selecting text and
converting to formula) the majority will expect text editing.
Comment 3 jdpipe 2008-07-16 09:03:05 UTC
I think that if the default propertes are what they should be, then most users
will not want to edit the object properties, they will just want to continue
typing. People who are using math objects will often have a dozen or more of
them on the page; they won't want to be customising every one of them.