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Re: [tdf-discuss] Experimental UI for LibreOffice proposal


Hi;

On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 1:50 PM, Joel Madero <jmadero.dev@gmail.com> wrote:



To be clear, the underlying image was created by Paulo José. Working
on smaller screens is a good question, but you have to get something
before you make it work with additional constraints. LibreOffice has
two challenges, looking good on the upcoming high-res screens, and
working okay on the smaller screens. I think as a start, the focus
should be on >~1280 pixels wide screens.


Really not trying to be pessimistic but in all truth, I don't see this
happening. I've seen the work before and personally I like it quite a bit
but you have three major issues:

Many things are harder than a Python Writer toolbar built by someone
with the skills of a college intern. Depending on how you implemented
it would tell you how much it cost. The only new C++ code is in a way
to dock this Python toolbar so it looks like it belongs. The C++
changes to LibreOffice here are a lot smaller. It could even start as
a separate extension / window, and ignore all these difficult C++
changes indefinitely.

I agree you shouldn't take your busy people away from their tasks.
There are many things to be done that are higher priority than
experimental. However, if it becomes useful to some even while
unfinished, it is then adding value back like the other experimental
features. It could also be a source of ideas for incremental
improvements to other parts of LibreOffice.

A task like this will need mentoring, every volunteer is being
mentored somewhat, so you can seemingly afford one more. If any
designers are comfortable with Python hacking, they could implement
some of their ideas and cut devs out of the bottleneck.

There are many bitmaps that could be used in the spec. The person
doing the work would have to figure out what it will precisely look
like and behave, with feedback from other people. I haven't seen a
more official bitmap.

-Keith

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