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On 11/03/2010 12:50 PM, drew wrote:

 How should we handle a situation such as this, where a group of active individuals, members of 
the larger group, decide to pursue a specialized derivative of the main application - would be 
shun them?

Encourage them.

Derivatives such as OOoLight and OOo4Kids should be encouraged.  Treated
as experiments in providing a better, and more useful program for a
specific sub-set of users.  If the derivative is successful, perhaps the
ideas it embraces can be incorporated into the main product.

Jumping back to one of my pet themes.

Different accessibility requirements require different solutions, to the
point that something that enable accessibility for one individual
decreases accessibility for a second individual.  As such, a11y
derivatives can be created for the purpose of finding out which set of
a11y enhancements work for the biggest percentage of LibO users.   Then
incorporate that set of enhancements into the main program.

Note:  I'm not saying that a11y solutions can not be extensions.
Ultimately, anything not built in should be available as an extension.

To take one example:  Eye tracking software for keyboard typing.
Including this in the standard LibO build is going to increase the size
of the program dramatically, without providing a corresponding increase
in overall functionality.  A specialized build with that functionality
makes sense.  Offering it as an extension makes sense.

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