Issue 99286 - Implement a Ruler Button to show/hide the rulers in Writer.
Summary: Implement a Ruler Button to show/hide the rulers in Writer.
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 3.0.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 17 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2009-02-17 03:42 UTC by johanneseva
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:44 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Issue Type: FEATURE
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Ruler Button of Microsoft Office 2007 (379 bytes, image/png)
2009-02-17 03:50 UTC, johanneseva
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Ruler Button of RedOffice 4.0 (527 bytes, image/png)
2009-02-17 03:51 UTC, johanneseva
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Description johanneseva 2009-02-17 03:42:08 UTC
I have written a quite long article to explain why, in my opinion, it would be
important to have a button to show/hide the rulers in Writer. (And why the
rulers should be hidden by default, see issue #99284)
Both issues are related, but this one requires much more work!

Here is the complete article:

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

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 and making a new hide/show ruler button would be
a huge improvement for, compared to the relatively small amount
of programming/development needed.


RedOffice 4.0 (based on OOo) already has a "Ruler Button". Microsoft Office 2007
has one, too.
Usability tests show that the ruler button is really easy to use. 
Its placement is precisely where a normal user would expect it to be: at the
exact "altitude" where the ruler are.
Comment 1 johanneseva 2009-02-17 03:49:48 UTC
Some more elements:

The Ruler Button could have three states: 
0. No ruler
1. Only horizontal ruler
2. Vertical and horizontal ruler

A number (0,1,2) on the ruler icon could indicate its state.
Do you think that this system too complicated on the usability side?

If there is a gifted graphic designer aroud here, maybe he could make a draft
for a show/hide ruler icon? (Crystal or/and Tango)

As an attachment, Ruler button of Microsoft Office 2007 and RedOffice 4.0.


This is NOT a duplicate of issue #26211, but a more elegant alternative to it.
Issue #26211 could be closed if this one is resolved.

This could be a solutions to issue #52498, too.

Comment 2 johanneseva 2009-02-17 03:50:52 UTC
Created attachment 60220 [details]
Ruler Button of Microsoft Office 2007
Comment 3 johanneseva 2009-02-17 03:51:28 UTC
Created attachment 60221 [details]
Ruler Button of RedOffice 4.0
Comment 4 max.odendahl 2009-02-17 07:22:09 UTC
reassign to requirements

discussion on ux mailing list would be the best idea to get the questions answered
Comment 5 johanneseva 2010-12-13 09:24:18 UTC
The URL of my articles about the rulers has changed:
(the article was not modified)