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February 25, 2016

WIP changes

I’ve still not made a start on the GUI for the Fields Inspector as other stuff keeps distracting me.

There are a few changes afoot, but as of yet, nothing major enough to send out a new beta version.

  1. Current ‘Protected’ status of document. Almost all of the functions would check the protection status and abort if the document was protected, but I forgot to include the main Toolbox form. When I added the code into the Toolbox form, I then realised it was pointless including it as a status. So this has been removed and instead I’ve replaced it with the current status of Track Changes. This is linked to the next change.
  2. Store/Restore Track Changes. This will appear on the tweaked Configuration form and will allow users to store the current Track Changes setting for the open document, switch them off, do the fixes and then restore Track Changes on (if it was on beforehand).

Why? Anyone who works with documents which has Track Changes switched on probably doesn’t need every single tweak that the toolbox functions apply being stored. For the majority of users, the default option of it being switched on will prevent a lot of extra changes being stored.

If you do need this, i.e. to show where you’ve had to fix someone else’s work, then you will be able to have this option switched off.

Other mooted changes are:

  1. Removal of the RoboHelp fix – it’s been over a year since I personally have had to use this feature. To me this shows that it could do with being removed from the main toolbar and/or the toolkit altogether.
  2. Removal of the drop-down on the Configuration form. This is a throwback to when the Document Properties Reporter was part of the Toolbox. Currently the drop-down only has one entry – for Templates – and that is just a waste of a drop-down. I can’t forsee any extra configurations that will need the listbox underneath, so it’s possible that I’ll just remove the drop-down box and rename the list box. I’ve asked my colleagues for feedback on this change.

There might be other tweaks forthcoming, but as soon as my mind comes up with them, I’ll put them onto this blog page.

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