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From Shenfeng Liu <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS]: What should be part of AOO by default or what belongs more into a broader eco-system around AOO
Date Fri, 21 Sep 2012 07:55:07 GMT
2012/9/13 Andrea Pescetti <>

> On 11/09/2012 Rob Weir wrote:
>> On Sep 11, 2012, at 12:27 AM, "J├╝rgen Schmidt" wrote:
>>> Things that comes to my mind where I would always prefer an extension
>>> solution:
>>> - Connectors to some non free, non open source software based on
>>> proprietary API's. ...
>>> - Dependencies on external GPL, LGPL libraries.
>>> - Rarely used features ...
>> I think those are reasonable guidelines.  Amother category is a
>> "standard extension" that is under ALv2 and is part of a release.
> I agree, these components should be packaged as extensions.
>  We should probably think of what install enhancements we can make to
>> better facilitate bundling of extensions. To the developer and user,
>> extension + easy install integration should feel the same as adding a
>> feature to the core.
> The main problem is that the ecosystem around OpenOffice is completely
> unknown to most end users. It would be a huge leap forward to use the
> bottom-right part of the Start Centre to promote this ecosystem
> (Extensions, Templates, everything that makes sense) by displaying a couple
> lines of dynamic content retrieved from sources we control. Examples of
> content we could broadcast there:
> - "Add a grammar checker to OpenOffice: [link to LanguageTool/LightProof
> on the Extensions site]"
> - "Download a CV template for OpenOffice: [link to a template on the
> Templates site]"
> - "Add clipart to OpenOffice: [relevant link]"
> - "Tip of the day: using styles in OpenOffice [link to wiki page]"
> Instead of promoting certain items, I think generally we should make the
Search function more visible to users. Just like I don't know what's in App
Stores, I just try a search and see what I can get.
The current 3 small icons at the bottom-left of the welcome page for
templet/extension/website are too far to get users' attention, even though
the web pages they link to are very cool. We can redesign it will more
visible icons and sentences, even search dialog on the welcome page. Of
course, Quickstarter is another good place.

- Simon

> This shouldn't be hard to do and it would allow us to make users aware of
> the ecosystem around OpenOffice, which in turn means we can be confident
> that users will try to find functionality in Extensions if they don't have
> it readily available in OpenOffice.
> Regards,
>   Andrea.

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