Framework/Specification/Customize MenuAndContextMenuDialog

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Context menu and menu customization dialog

Specification Status
Author Carsten Driesner (cd)
Last Change 25. Nov 2010
Status (Help) Standard


The customization dialog for menus is not that intuitive as it could be. Thanks to the work from Ariel Constenla-Haile during the Internship 2010 context menus are now also customizable by XML files. Therefore a better design which covers context menus and menu bar customization is needed.


Reference Document Check Location (URL)
Prerequisites done
Product Requirement, RFE, Issue ID (required) available i115794
Accessibility Check (required) not done yet See accessibility section for check list
Test case specification (required) not available yet
IDL Specification does not apply
Software Specification Rules open
Other, e.g. references to related specs, Product Concept Document none
Release Roadmap OOo 3.4


Role Name E-Mail Address
Developer Ariel Constenla-Haile
Carsten Driesner (mentoring)
Quality Assurance Torsten Martens
Documentation Uwe Fischer
User Experience Frank Loehmann

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Acronym / Abbreviation Definition
<WYSIWYG> <What You See Is What You Get>


From the 'usage tracking' data of the 'find & replace' dialog we have learned that 76% of oo user just want to search inside the text, so we have to propose a fast & easy way to do so. Also it was often mentioned that the search & replace dialog covers the search area in an annoying way, so we must found an other solution for it. The other search settings like 'match case' etc. are used less than 0.1%, so we decided to leave them out in this toolbar, but like the replacing function they will still stay available in the find & replace dialog.

Detailed Specification


The 'Find' toolbar is a standard toolbar containing a text search field, a next and previous button. It is located right next to the 'application standard' toolbar, is active by default and behave like every other toolbar (d&d, docking etc.).
By clicking into the search field, the info text disappear and the search text can be inputted. After entering the search text, the search can be started by hitting the return key on keyboard (+ shift for backwards search) or pushing the 'next/previous' button. If anything is found, the first result is selected and can be edited or the next button can be clicked (if selected) for searching for the next result. If nothing is found or it is searched to the end of the document, you get an info dialog similar to the behavior of the 'find & replace' dialog, like in all other cases, even if it works independent.

- Autocomplete involves the program predicting a word or phrase that the user wants to type in without the user actually typing it in completely. This feature is effective when it is easy to predict the word being typed based on those already typed, such as when there are a limited number of possible or commonly used words, or when editing text written in a highly-structured, easy-to-predict language.
- History remember former search strings (string listbox) .. often you search for the same words several times, so it can make sense to remember them (especially it they are long and complicated) and to make them available over a listbox in example to save the input of same phrases again and again. The history is deleted after closing the document (for privacy reasons) and only available in the document it was inputted.

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