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Re: Configuring toolbars to deal with layouts

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  • Subject: Re: Configuring toolbars to deal with layouts
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 02:54:16 +0000
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_____/ On Thu 01 Dec 2005 17:23:07 GMT, [Ernesto Posse] wrote : \_____

I have a couple of questions about customizing the toolbar:

1) Is there a lyx function that applies layouts (environments) to a
selection or to the current paragraph, which can be used by a (custom)
toolbar button? (I didn't find any)

It appears not to be the case.

2) Are there keyboard shortcuts for layouts (environments)? Where
would I find those?

Ditto, but see comments below.

3) Is there a way to add a second toolbar? The website mentions that
the Qt front-end can handle multiple toolbars, but I find no
documentation on how to do so. Adding another "Toolbar" section in
default.ui just makes lyx crash.

 I hope these things are possible; having to open the layout combobox
and scroll down until you find the environment you are looking for is
a serious disadvantage of the LyX user interface, since choosing an
environment is one of the most common editing activities. I wish the
upcomming 1.4 release would provide a more user-friendly approach to
selecting environments (hint: context-sensitive, right-click menus,)
or at least, a way to customize the toolbars to do so.


I agree. A temporary workaround, which I have slowly become accustomed to,
is  clicking  the  environments box, then inputting the first  letter  and
pressing  ENTER.  This  suffers from the need for mouse movement  and,  if
there  are several environment identifiers beginning with the same  letter
(e.g. "(S)tandard" and "(S)ection), there need be multiple clicks accompa-
nied by careful user attention.

As  for a separate yet similar usability matter, yesterday I was  reminded
that  being  able to embed Paragraph and Character options in the  toolbar
(or  anywhere in the main window) would be highly valuable too. When frag-
mented into 3 separate windows, for instance, LyX becomes less manageable.
It  consumes  more screen space than necessary and requires movement  win-

I  guess this is nothing but a wishlist feature. I always feel shy to  ask
for  anything  from Open Source projects. I don't know if there is a  more
appropriate  place  for  suggestions  to be made. I suspect  there  is  no
Sourceforge page...?



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