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Non Modal Message System

Current versions of use modal dialogs to give feedback in many situations. This interrupts users every time such a dialog is shown. Most of these messages are not that important, but it is no option to stop giving feedback. Furthermore new features, like sharing documents with others need a kind of message system to broadcast collaboration information. Giving feedback needs to be accessible, so it is not sufficient to show a message text somewhere in a dialog or just to change the color of a control. Those text and color changes will not be read by AT tools.

Work in Progress.

Message Types

Visual representation (colors, design) of the following types is subject to change.

Type 1

Every time the message is not directly triggered by the user (i.e collaboration messages) the following message type is being used.

Message type1.png

TBD: Show navigation on focus only.

Type 2

Temporary messages: Information is only of interest in a special context. I.e. feedback when searching the document.

Message type2.png

Type 3

This type needs a kind of fixed office button/place where all these message will be shown. This type of message is more interruptive than type 1 and covers more user interface of OOo. But it could be useful if OOo task window is minimized (not sure about technical limitations).

Message type3.png


Christoph Noack

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