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From Regina Henschel <>
Subject Re: Draw, make some changes to gradients
Date Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:35:08 GMT
Hi ???, schrieb:
> Dear Apache Open Office/Libre Office devs,
> the reason why I'm writing is, cause I can't code and want to make OO
> better.

Coding is not the only way to make AOO better. For example there are 
always people needed to test the product, whether the new features work 
as intended and whether no regressions slipped in. Also usability is a 
topic for non coder, and usability is not about a single design opinion, 
but making tests like the icon test in LO.

> Specially the way gradients in Draw works. At the moment the gradients
> stuff is rudimentary.
> Well I guess little kids may have fun with this but you can't do real
> work with that.
> So this HAS to be changed.
> At least the following things should be added:
> - possibility to use more than two colors for the gradient


> - set the hight and width of the gradient

Currently the gradient is relative to the shape. Adjustments are done 
with the Border property. With svg it is possible to define the gradient 
relative to the parent of the shape and that is rendered correctly in AOO.

> - the percentage of the color should change the transparency and not
> the "blackness" of the color


Transparency is an additional feature. You can already combine 
transparency with solid color (I guess from the pdf-file, that you want 
that), but you can also combine transparency with gradients. You need 
not even use the same kind of gradient. It seems you have not yet 
discovered the property 'Gradient' in the Transparency tab of the Area 

> Because this will break compatibillity with older Versions of OO I
> think there should be as much changes as
> possible to prevent having to do big changes in the future to the
> gradients stuff.
> So here is my suggestion to the GUI part (pdf file:
> The coding part is up to you cause that's out of my scope.

We tend to make the draw stuff more like svg. Already now it is possible 
to use a svg-graphic; and its gradients are rendered nicely.

Besides that, changes have to be compatible with ODF or find its way in 
the next version of ODF.

> I would like you guys to think about how this could be implemented and
> if there is a better way to
> do it on the GUI side (maybe an extra button which will pop-up an
> extra window for the editing of
> the gradient???).

Area > Gradient is already the dialog page to edit gradients. What 
editing feature do you miss on that page? But keep in mind, that color 
gradient and transparency are independent properties.

> Please fuck the licensing issues so the code can be used in both
> projects.

If a developer provides his work under AL2, it can be used in both 
projects. So its up to the individual developer. Changes done in AOO can 
always be used in LO.

Kind regards

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