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I was thinking on something similar. If it were possible to completely
separate "core" from UI it would be great. For example, someone who
knows Qt but nothing about GTK will be able to create a gui for MeeGo
without messing with core elements. Or someone else will be able to
build a gui for small monitors. Or another person will be able to
build something for "power users" in which you can only see style
stuff while just another person will contribute a kids & format
painter lovers interface.
To go on with this idea, I think it will be interesting to make the
core "toolkit independent" (i.e., pure C or C++, without GTK or any
stuff like that), so it will be possible to integrate LibO on any
platform "just" (yes, I know it is not easy, that's why I used
quotes... ;) ) by writing a proper UI.

2010/11/6 Lee Hyde <>:
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).

I just thought I'd bring this up in light of all the discussion
regarding UI reform. Of course I could be way off base here, and if I am
please do set me straight; if I need some edumacating regarding the
state of OOo/LibO do edumacatify me!


Lee Hyde.

P.S. The quote in my signature was chosen at random, rather appropriate
though don't you think?

"There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"

       -- Dr. Jonas Stalk, on being asked who owned the patent for his polio vaccine

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