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From floris v <>
Subject Re: Starting a conversation on AOOo 4.0
Date Fri, 23 Sep 2011 06:39:53 GMT
I'm not so sure that further differentiation between AOO and LO is such 
a good idea. The Document Foundation with LO was started because some 
people didn't trust Oracle. Now that the code base is being transferred 
to ASF, and it looks like ASF is taking its responsibility for OOo 
seriously (from the outsider's point of view), the need for a separate 
LO may disappear. There is some concern that the community will split 
over the differences between the two versions, and a big difference in 
the user interface won't make that better. And if OOo users want to help 
LO users in the forums, that will be easier the more the two programs 
resemble each other in look and feel.
A very different reason to keep things as they are that it always takes 
time to get used to a new UI. I _hate_ the most recent changes in the UI 
of most browsers, that make finding the options screen almost 
impossible, and that only because the designers wanted to get rid of the 
menu bar. We still work with the qwerty keyboard, that has been designed 
to slow typists down, so I can't find a good reason to change a working UI.
Thank you,
Peter aka floris v

Op 22-9-2011 19:28, Guy Waterval schreef:
> Hi all,
> 2011/9/21 Rob Weir<>
>> I don't want to distract us too much for the 3.4.0 work.  There is a
>> lot of work to do, mainly around the detailed work of IP review.
>> However, I think we should have a parallel conversation, with project
>> contributors as well as with users, about what we could do after that,
>> in a major release.
> Perhaps time is coming to try to change the interface. We've now two
> projects LO and AOO which have the same look and it's perhaps not so good. I
> think a new look for AOO could give it a better identitiy and could be more
> attactive for the mass of the end users as the old one. But as I'm not a
> coder, I don't know if this could be "easily" realisable.
> Best regards
> gw

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