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Lee Hyde wrote:
Greetings All,

I'm just a humble end user, and frankly I have little-to-no knowledge of
software development but I was wondering whether there is a clear
separation between frontend and backend with LibreOffice. Such that it
would make it easy to essentially 'slot-in' a replacement GUI.

As I say, I'm not familiar with software development in general much
less the specifics of OOo/LibO but it seems to the that one of the
better ways to encourage innovation is to make it easy for people to
'hack' on individual modules and in particular the GUI (which is in dire
need of modernisation and optimisation in my humble opinion). If
'hacking' a new GUI onto OOo/Lib (a'la IBM Lotus Symphony) at the moment
is non-trivial it will hinder innovation in the form of specialist forks
(which could be very useful for the mother project) and/or experimental
UI (which are clearly intended to showcase innovative ideas to see if
they could or should be merged into the mother project).
By specialist forks, does that mean like a special version for lawyers that does pleading forms, or a special version for screenwriters that has special enhancement for doing scripts, that sort of thing?
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