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From Dotan Cohen <>
Subject Re: Hello all, I'm Xin Li, the UX designer of Symphony
Date Wed, 09 May 2012 14:06:18 GMT
On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM, Fernando Cassia <> wrote:
> On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 2:21 AM, l x <> wrote:
>> I'm Xin Li, I have been an UX designer for Symphony and I'm very glad to
>> join ooo-users mailing list. I'd love to focus on AOO user experience work
>> in the future.
> As long as you don't want to turn AOO into Symphony, it's fine with
> me. In other words... you have to keep in mind that AOO users come
> from an background, and are used to its user interface.
> If they liked Symphony more they'd be Symphony users, not OO.o
> Translation: any changes to the AOO UI should be incremental and
> carefully thought and a radical redesign avoided at all costs.
> And for heaven's sake, do not repeat Microsoft's "Ribbon UI" disaster.
> CUA exists for a reason. :)
> FC

Hello, Xin. I went from to Symphony, then to
LibreOffice. Symphony had the best UI by far, even on my KDE setup.
The reason that I went to LibreOffice after a short stint with
Symphony was due to document compatibility issues, specifically
opening encrypted ODS documents and MS Office compatibility.

So you were responsible for the part of Symphony that I liked best,
and that I miss! I suspect that other's fear of changing the AOO UI is
due to the changes that Microsoft made to their office suit, not due
to IBM's changes to OO.o. I encourage you to continue your work on the
UI, quite in the direction that you took Symphony.

I wonder why you choose to associate with AOO as opposed to
LibreOffice. I could make much speculation, but rather than do such I
would love to hear your reasons. I am excited about the latest AOO
release, but I see the pace of LibreOffice development and that is
very motivating. I do not see AOO and LO as rivals, actually I think
that competition in the FOSS office suites will push them both to
develop better than they would have independently, however I wonder if
the FOSS resources are being spread too thin.

Dotan Cohen

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