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From Guy Waterval <>
Subject Re: OOo4Kids & OOoLight Status
Date Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:14:27 GMT

2015-02-14 23:36 GMT+01:00 jonathon <>:

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> That would require one addition to the ">Tools >Options >Appearance"
> Select UI-Profile, and offer:
> * Prebuilt;
> * Default;
> * Custom;

That's exactly what we have discussed by Educoo, but not so sophisticated :
only 3 levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Expert. I already have addressed
this issue on this list in the past, but I didn't get an answer. I have
also tried to test a possible interest by EuroOffice, but also without
result. My conclusion is that it could be not so easy to  implement or not
possible via an extension.

> Clicking on "Prebuilt" has the following options:
> * Ooo4Kids;
> * OOoLight;
> * Novice;
> * Basic;
> * Intermediate;
> * Advanced;
> * Default;

You could reduce the number of options here. For instance OOoLight is not
necessary. The differences with OOo4Kids are too small.
Novice, Intermediate and Advanced (AOO without modifications) should be
enough (personal opinion).

> Clicking on "Custom" has the following options:
> * Custom1;
> * Custom2;
> * Custom3;
> * Custom4;
> * Custom5;
> * Custom6;
> * Custom7;
> Custom1, Custom2, .. Custom7, would be created by users, not the
> project. The major use-case I see for the "Custom#" profiles, is an
> office restricting/granting users access to specific parts of AOo.
> In theory, and maybe in practice, people will wrap their Custom# as an
> extension, for distribution to third parties.

Custom is a nice idea for people working in specific  areas, for instance
chemists, physicians, translators, etc.

> > not the perfect way but it has the merit to be realizable without any
> modification of the code.
> In one sense, both OOo4Kids and OOoLight were nothing more than
> sophisticated skins. Yes, they did gut some of the innards of OOo, but
> that gutting would have had minimal impact on _most_ users.

 OOo4Kids and OOoLight were not just limited to that. There was also the
independence from Java, the decoupling of the base module, the list of Calc
functions adapted to different levels, etc. These changes will not be
possible by a profile mechanism, but this method should be an acceptable
workaround  to adjust AOO to different user levels or needs.


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