Contextual Single

On vecation I ordinary have the best ideas. So this time I made an single line contextual toolbar for writer.

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It’s how the single line toolbar should look like. One toolbar which is fully contextual. As one toolbar didn’t have that much space, you have the menubar for all available commands in LibreOffice.

It’s the most compact LibreOffice UI done on my smal Laptop screen (1366 x 768 px). But Contextual single work not only on small screens it’s flexible and suites all screen sizes.

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Context Standard, Table, Image, Shape

If you’d like to test contextual single download the daily master build, enable experimental features (Menubar -> Tools -> Configure -> Advanced -> Enable experimental features) and change in Writer Menubar -> View -> User Interface -> Contextual Single.

To test download the daily build
https://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/master/Win-x86@39/current

I broke the linux builds but now daily build for linux is available to check out the context single layout

https://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/master/Linux-rpm_deb-x86@87-TDF/current

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Bugfixing [done]

Great Icon bugs get fixed!

LibreOffice do organize the bugs into [META] bugs, which is great cause when you link the bug to different [META] bugs you can organize bugfixing over different groups. I care about BUG 106228 which is the Icon meta bug and as you can see most of the icon bugs need developer work. Everything I could fix myself is nearly done.

There are two bigger tasks, but with great effort open

1. svg support for icons bug 124940

All main icon themes are available in svg, but the svg2png libreoffice renderer give bad quality, so we have to ship the png icons. If we could use the svg icons instead of the png, it mean less work for the designers and the posibility to have color scheme support for icons. 100% dark icon theme support and full color support. What a great improvement.

2. language support bug bug 124956

We have colibre, elementary, breeze, sifr, tango icon theme therefore the design group did the icons, some icons like bold, italic, strickout, underline, overline, … have letters which work fine for english users but had to be drawen for other languages. But to know which letter should be used we need the translation team so translation team please submit an bug report for each language and add at depends on 124956, than we will do the icon work.

Result

Colibre, elementary, sifr, breeze will be in an good shape for the 6.3 release, but to fix the last bugs, we need developers, translation team, documentation team, … everybody in one team.

menubar updates

Every powerfull text editor like, kate, sublime, notepad++, VS Code, … has it the menubar. Now even better in LibreOffice.

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Items with subgroups were arranged at the end of groups , so it’s faster to read the menubar and the groups are between 3-4 items. Tiny changes with big effort.

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icons everywhere

All items in the menubar have now an icon. Some items are missing tdf#124200 but in general all commands will show an icon in the menubar.

Icons Everywhere

For 6.3 all supported icon themes will have the new icons. Now you can check them out in Sifr (which is complete new for 6.3 release).

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GSOC

It’s time to register to the GSOC programm for the different LibreOffice tasks.

As the notebookbar is available for the regular users I hope to get students how are interested in Improve the LibreOffice notebookbar.

Open tasks are

And of corse there are some open bugs (tdf#102062) and missing uno commands that need to be done.

So join the LibreOffice GSOC project and be part of an open and helpful community.