Issue 99284 - The ruler should be hidden by default in Writer.
Summary: The ruler should be hidden by default in Writer.
Status: CONFIRMED
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 3.0.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 21 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
URL: http://www.johannes-eva.net/plea-for-...
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Reported: 2009-02-17 03:27 UTC by johanneseva
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:42 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT
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Description johanneseva 2009-02-17 03:27:35 UTC
I have written a quite long article to explain why, in my opinion, both rulers
should be hidden by default in OOo Writer.
Here is the complete article:

http://www.johannes-eva.net/index.php?page=ooo_hidden_ruler

And here is the most important part of it:

1. A vast majority of users do not use the rulers. 
In the best case rulers are useless to the average user, in the worst case
confusing. 

2. Advanced users are able to find how to display the rulers anyway, if they
need it.

3. The horizontal ruler is wasting precious vertical space!
This is very important to people using small resolutions. Most laptops sold
these days have a 1280x800 resolution. 1024x768 is by far the most used
resolution, and the the netbook market, with its very small vertical screen
sizes, is still growing.

4. Some other office suites already ship with their rulers hidden by default,
this includes the market leader Microsoft Office 2007, but also RedOffice 4.0
and KOffice 2.0.

5. Hiding the rulers by default would be a huge improvement for most users of
OpenOffice.org, compared to the relatively small amount of
programming/development needed.
Comment 1 max.odendahl 2009-02-17 07:20:04 UTC
mod->johanneseva: I totally agree, but I am not the one to decide ;-)

Please take your suggestion to the mailing list
http://ux.openoffice.org/servlets/BrowseList?listName=discuss, if all agree I'll
change it for 3.2
Comment 2 johanneseva 2009-02-21 21:14:35 UTC
Some more information:

15 pixels height: horizontal scroll bar
25 pixels height: horizontal ruler

The default vertical space in a new OpenOffice.org Writer document could be
improved by:
* 14 % 		on 800 x 480 pixel netbooks
* 11.2 % 	on 1024 x 600 pixel netbooks 
* 7.3 % 	on 1024 x 768 pixel display.

These improvements are not trivial. They would actually be a huge usability
improvement on small resolution displays!

An important issue related to vertical size waste:
Issue 42100: Writer - horizontal scroll bar appears even when there's nowhere to
scroll
Comment 3 johanneseva 2009-02-21 21:22:49 UTC
Some more information:

15 pixels height: horizontal scroll bar
25 pixels height: horizontal ruler

The default vertical space in a new OpenOffice.org Writer document could be
improved by:
* 14 % 		on 800 x 480 pixel netbooks
* 11.2 % 	on 1024 x 600 pixel netbooks 
* 7.3 % 	on 1024 x 768 pixel display.

These improvements are not trivial. They would actually be a huge usability
improvement on small resolution displays!

An important issue related to vertical size waste:
Issue 42100: Writer - horizontal scroll bar appears even when there's nowhere to
scroll
Comment 4 johanneseva 2010-12-13 09:22:34 UTC
Hi to all!
The URL of my articles about the rulers has changed:
http://www.johannes-eva.net/plea-for-hidden-rulers-in-open-office/