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Hi Alexandro,

On Sat, 2010-10-16 at 23:10 -0500, Alexandro Colorado wrote:
I am very positive about making improvements on things like Writer, however
I don't know many people use the bibliographic features.  On the opposite I
know about many things that many users used, that could be fixed straight
away and improve the usability on many users.

Sure, we would need to improve common problems, but I'm sure that the
bibliographic improvements could help students and researchers to use
LibreOffice for their work... which is currently quite hard.

One of the points I see there:
  + Use Zotero for the actual bibliographic work as it seems to be the
most advanced tool and already has some LO integration.
  + Tweak Writer to map Zotero fields to other bibliographic tools
fields (mostly EndNote as it seems to be widely used)
  + Tweak Writer to roundtrip unknown bibliographic fields (already
contributed last week).
  + Remove that old Bibliographic stuff that nobody uses.

IMHO there could be small wins here that would help a lot of people to
join us (or at least use LibreOffice when they weren't using OOo).

Things like being able to change the orientation of an OOo page, without
needing to do so many clicks and changing styles and so forth.

Sure, We need some nice UI ideas here. The coding shouldn't be too
complex as we already have the page styles.

Easily implementing the numbering of pages without also a lot of clicking.

Same here.

Image orientation should also be simpler, with a better way to get it the
way the users want to.

This one will be much more tricky as we would need to improve the Writer
text layout... which could turn to be a nightmare. Think of all those
strange layout cases that would bring ;)

So I guess my point is let's improve on the users most used features, and go
from there to build a better experience for the user.

All those are needed, but we need some special care for the research
world that has been completely left out by OOo these past years.

Cédric Bosdonnat
LibreOffice hacker
OOo Eclipse Integration developer

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