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From Xin Li <>
Subject Re: Sidebar color scheme survey
Date Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:03:23 GMT
Hi Ariel,

Thanks for your concern about the issue of color customization. I think we
need to **discuss this issue as two parts:

1. Do we need to create the new look and feel for AOO?
We always say that the current look and feel for AOO is out of style.  We
know that AOO just use the system color by default. But if we want AOO
looks more modern and fashion, we need to do some change, we need to have
new design for default look and feel. You can see that most of  the PC
software have their own default look and feel, like: MSO, Photoshop, Adobe
Illustrator and so on. I think if the default visual style of software is
good, the requirements of change color will be smaller.

2.User also can change to other colors if we have default new look and feel.
We create new look and feel does not mean that we forbid user change color.
User can also change color if they don't like the default look and feel.
And I think the reasonable way is user can change the whole interface with
sidebar to other colors.


2013/2/21 Ariel Constenla-Haile <>

> Hi Xin Li,
> On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 04:20:25PM +0800, Xin Li wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Thanks for your votes and your feedback.
> >
> > I have summarized all votes from Facebook and mail list. The result is :
> > A1:8        A2:7        A3:6
> > B1:8        B2:8        B3:10
> > C1:3        C2:2        C3:5
> >
> > For control style, it seems that many user prefer proposal B (Simple line
> > separator). As Kevin's suggestion,noise reduction and consistency would
> be
> > best. So separators between clusters may be better. So we use separators
> > between clusters to separate the buttons of cluster.
> >
> > For content panel color, it seems that there no obvious winner. I would
> > like to share my thoughts on the visual style because it is already
> relate
> > to color topic when we do the side bar migration. As we discussed before,
> > the current grey color used in AOO is dark and looks out of style. We
> > should do some light-weight change in AOO.
> If you see something gray in the user interface, it is because your
> system uses that color for painting that particular object. If a user
> doesn't like gray, s/he has to simply switch the desktop theme.
> Moving away from the system's style settings only renders the sidebar as
> something that does not "fit" with the rest of the application/desktop:
> These screen shots are from different GTK themes, the sidebar is
> obviously not following the rest of the application (the Navigator is
> side-by-side to show this fact).
> Regards
> --
> Ariel Constenla-Haile
> La Plata, Argentina

Best regards,
Xin Li   李欣
UX designer

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