Re: Where should Headers/footers dialog be?

Subject: Re: Where should Headers/footers dialog be?
From: Paul Rohr (
Date: Mon Mar 12 2001 - 12:24:52 CST

At 09:02 AM 3/12/01 -0500, Thomas Fletcher wrote:
>I'll tell you that right away, this sounds like a confusing dialog.
>I just took a gander at the Word 98 one, and while I can't say that
>it excites me, it is pretty simple. Once you have the header/footer
>dialog up it puts a dashed region around the header/footer (ala
>show paragraphs for the main document) and then allows you to toggle
>between editing the header and the footer. Is there a technical reason
>why we can't just make editing the header/footer a more standard
>operation (ie If you click in the header/footer area then you can
>edit in that area, otherwise you are editing the normal text) rather
>than mess around with these dialogs?

When you're in Page Layout mode, you *can* also invoke this behavior by
double-clicking that region. It's the same as choosing the menu.

Presumably they've done user-testing to conclude that single-clicking here
was inappropriate. If so I'd guess that people in the usability labs were
accidentally editing headers and footers due to misplaced clicks, when they
really wanted to be in the main body text.

>Then the "Hide/Show Headers/Footers"
>would be just that. It would hide or show the header or the footers.

See my post to Randy. Symmetry between the behaviors for Normal and Page
Layout views is a Good Thing.


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