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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: LICENSE text in the user interface
Date Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:17:41 GMT
On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM, Ariel Constenla-Haile
<arielch@apache.org> wrote:
> Hi *,
>
> The About dialog (menu Tools - Help - About OOo) on trunk has now
> a button to display the README, LICENSE and NOTICE; you can try with the
> following binaries:
> Win: http://people.apache.org/~arielch/packages/r1389156/win/
> Linux 64 bits:  http://ci.apache.org/projects/openoffice/
>

So a single button that launches all three in one window?

> According to http://markmail.org/message/67kwkxcs5fubpua3 the LICENSE
> has to fulfill some legal requirements and include the other licenses,
> besides the ALv2. This results in a very large LICENSE file that cannot
> be completely displayed in the UI inside a MultilineEdit control due to
> a limitation in the tools String class, see STRING_MAXLEN in
> tools/inc/tools/string.hxx
>
> Possible solutions:
>
> a) don't display the license at all, only the README and the NOTICE
>
> b) display a stripped down version containing only the ALv2 and a last
> paragraph telling to read the licenses from other components
>

The about box already has this statement:

"Copyright © 2012 Apache Software Foundation. All rights reserved."

It would probably be fine to say, "Applicable licenses and notices for
included 3rd party components can be found..." and then either have
the path, URL or a button to bring up the details.

> c) simply add at the end of the text a note telling that the full text
> can be found in the office installation
>
> d) kill the tools String class, and use rtl::OUString everywhere
> (someone will have to sit down and write the code for this)
>
> e) ... <-- another options are welcome
>

e1) Launch them in OpenOffice, as (read-only) documents

e2) Launch via the default web browser

e3) Launch via default desktop handler for *.txt file extension


>
>
> Regards
> --
> Ariel Constenla-Haile
> La Plata, Argentina

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