Issue 99033 - common OOo menu commands: label to announce unexpected cross-OOo behavior
Summary: common OOo menu commands: label to announce unexpected cross-OOo behavior
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Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.4.0
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2009-02-09 07:03 UTC by nicklevinson
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:35 UTC (History)
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Description nicklevinson 2009-02-09 07:03:45 UTC
Any menu command that executes on all OOo applications should say so in the
command name. This isn't about commands that are merely duplicated in other
applications; this is about commands that, whether duplicated or not, when
carried out in one application will automatically execute in all open OOo
applications, especially if effects could be critical, e.g., document-changing.

Example: In Calc, I invoked File > Exit. That one action also closed Writer.

That's a legitimate design feature. But it's not how one quits Lotus SmartSuite
(Millennium ed.) or Microsoft Office applications, and growing OOo's installed
base means being reasonably compatible with users' expectations.

Solution that I propose: Rename commands as necessary, such as renaming "Exit"
to read "Exit OOo".

I assume only menus are affected. If anything in a dialog also executes in more
than one app but doesn't say so, I suggest saying so there, too.

I assume any command that executes across more than one OOo app executes across
all open OOo apps. If there's a command that operates on only, say, Impress and
Base but not Calc and it's not obvious from the command's name or main function,
then either it should be renamed, the functionality should be divided, or a
dialog or alert should inform the user before it's too late.

No retrofit is suggested. I'm running OOo 2.4.0 on Fedora Core 4 Linux with
Gnome 2.10.0 desktop.

Thank you.

Comment 1 andreschnabel 2009-04-23 07:05:36 UTC

After short discussion, UX-team agrees that menu commands that affect all OOo
modules should be marked as such.
Comment 2 thorsten.martens 2009-08-26 07:36:42 UTC