As someone who writes regularly, I am often just as frustrated with Microsoft Word (or any other word processor I’ve ever used) as others report themselves to be with the user interfaces of EHR systems. Even Apple hasn’t solved the problems I need solved.
How many clicks does it take to insert a figure reference to the figure below or above? How much work is it to create a citation for the link I just inserted into the document? These should be one button clicks, not the multi-step process they are today.
Why has this crime against writers continued to persist over decades? Nay, centuries… millennia even.
Word processor designers, here’s a very clear specification for what I want:
Given I have turned the option on, when I type the words “the figure|table|section below” or “the figure|table|section above” and there is a figure or table citation within the current section, insert a reference to it, or if a section, provide me with a list of sections to choose from that I can ignore if I want (so that if I continue typing, it just disappears). And if I hit undo, treat the automatic insertion as the operation I want undone.
Finally: Stop turning on display formatting marks when I want to insert an index reference term.