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From TJ Frazier <>
Subject Re: [CODE]: "Registration..." menu entry in the Help menu
Date Sun, 29 Jan 2012 03:12:04 GMT
@Dennis, in line,

On 1/28/2012 18:41, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
> @TJ
> Thanks for opening up some interesting aspects to think about
> concerning initial user experience and support for newcomers to AOO.
> One reaction: I see a big difference between configuring builds to
> have one more language-dependency and configuring a URL to sniff
> languages though.  The life-cycle and skills/karma required could be
> quite different.  What is a good way to invite broad participation in
> this area?

I don't see any need for a URL. I envision the Welcome doc as part of 
the download.
> Also, I don't think the document should be put in a writable location
> if it is part of the install.

I tend to favor a writable location because it empowers the user. It 
behooves us to remember that our software is a guest on the user's 
hardware (programs that persistently forget this, on /my/ machine, tend 
to end up in the bit-bucket). Also, every location is "writable" – just 
some are easier than others.

However, considering the needs of multi-user central installations, I am 
not unalterably opposed to an unalterable doc. We should merely mention 
that users need to save any changed version to their own space.
> For writable documents, that seems to be something that is more
> appropriate for a sample or even part of an included mini-tutorial.
> It might then be better to identify them as templates so they will
> not over-write the initial file by default if modified and saved.
> Finally, as a means for feedback, encouraging exploration and
> contribution, wouldn't a link to a web/wiki page be better for that?

These are not mutually exclusive. We should have both.
> This is an interesting area.  I wonder how to avoid scope creep and
> deal with the registration menu entry in a way that works for now and
> that can be expanded into a broader "welcome/starter" link.  I know
> some first-run presentations tend to be sticky, with a way to stop it
> (and an indication on how to obtain it from the Help pull-down
> whenever it is to be revisited).  Is this a candidate for that sort
> of thing?

I'm trying to design out any avoidable maintenance headaches. I envision 
a simple link to a page like the Mwiki documentation:
where we always have to update links for different versions, new stuff, 
&c. If we ever have a good "getting started" tutorial, it should be 
listed there. The link in the Welcome doc wouldn't change.

I also see the Help menu link ("Welcome") as a simple "open the 
Welcome.odt doc" command, which also wouldn't change. --/tj/
> -----Original Message----- From: TJ Frazier
> [] Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 14:34
> To: Subject: Re: [CODE]:
> "Registration..." menu entry in the Help menu
> Hi, all! Comments in-line.
> On 1/28/2012 14:23, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
>> If the welcome document is stored locally in the installation
>> locally, having it as an ODT might work.
>> It does mean that translations will be required.
>> Opening of a web page has the advantage of being able to adapt to
>> browser language settings on a server and also being able to
>> update the document over time.  The URL could also be release-
>> specific (which would allow further customization).
>> I think it is also important to consider the threat surface of
>> both approaches, especially if the document will be opened or the
>> URL fetched under the privileges of the install process.
>> - Dennis
>> PS: I suppose this is also an area that might be subject to
>> distribution-specific customization, including in-enterprise
>> distributions.
> @Dennis:  all good points to keep in mind, but please also keep in
> mind that the same work has to be done for a welcome in a doc or on a
> web page (customize, translate,&c.). We have lots of folks who can do
> that in Writer ...
>> -----Original Message----- From: Kay Schenk
>> [] Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012
>> 09:37 To: Subject: Re: [CODE]:
>> "Registration..." menu entry in the Help menu
>> On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:02 AM, Rob Weir<>
>> wrote: [ ... ]
>>> The closest to registration that we might have is to encourage
>>> the user to sign up for the ooo-announce list.  But this is just
>>> one of several things we want to tell the user.  Maybe after
>>> install we automatically launch a web page, or even load an ODF
>>> document, with content like:
>>> -- Welcome message from the project -- Highlights of the
>>> release, link to detailed release notes -- Where to for
>>> documentation -- Where to go for support -- Extensions and
>>> templates informations -- Invitation / Instructions on joining
>>> ooo-announce mailing list -- Links to official social media, our
>>> blog. Google+, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
>>> If we do this in ODF format, as a document, then we can also use
>>> it as a quick demonstration of the capabilities of the editor,
>>> showing a really good looking, well formatted document, etc.  A
>>> good first experience for the user.
>> +1
>> I like this proposal a LOT! We tell them something interesting and
>> we don't have to maintain any additional DBs. Much less hassle in
>> the long run! :) So simple, and yet so good!
> +1 also. A three-bang good idea!!! Some more thoughts: * Store the
> doc as writable, so the user can make changes. Empowerment. * Turn on
> the Record Changes feature (mention this in the doc), and solicit
> advice from the users as to what is helpful, what is not, and what
> would be helpful. /tj/
>> [ ... ]

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