[Libreoffice-ux-advise] Finding a UX dev
mazelm at gmail.com
Wed Apr 3 00:22:49 PDT 2013
On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM, Michael Meeks <michael.meeks at suse.com>wrote:
> Hi Mirek,
> On Mon, 2013-04-01 at 23:49 +0200, Mirek M. wrote:
> > Compared to competitors, LibreOffice is lagging behind in terms of UX,
> > and, unfortunately, it seems like relatively little development is
> > happening in that area, often relegated to GSoC projects and Easy
> > Hacks, which don't always get picked up.
> Of course, attracting resources is always hard.
> > The UI is one of the most common targets of complaints about
> > LibreOffice. I'm certain many would be willing to pay a developer to
> > work on UX-related bugs full-time. We could draw up a Kickstarter
> > campaign.
> I'm aware of some funding for a developer to work on some crazy
> prototyping work for the UI at the moment. Unfortunately he has a
> pipeline of work that puts that a few weeks out :-)
That sounds great. What will they be prototyping?
> > So, I'm wondering, is there a volunteer developer or a former GSoC
> > student who might be up to the task?
> I guess you'd want to talk to Matus, Lanedo, Openismus, Igalia,
> Collabora and/or any others around the place that might have cycles for
> that. Be aware that you're talking around Eur 800 / day for these guys -
> and of course you'd want some sort of concrete plan to make this viable.
> Seemingly most people want to fund revolutionary improvement -
> which is
> going to be of the order of a multi-man-year project (at Eur 150k+ per
> engineer year). Not incremental improvement that fixes things here and
Incremental improvement might sound minor, but it can make huge differences.
Having the Hidden Items Menu  implemented, for example, would allow us
to radically change the default toolbar setup while making sure that people
accustomed to the old arrangement can easily find the commands they need.
> Beyond that - I suggest that working with Kendy / getting SUSE
> hack-week people interested, going via GSOC, etc. would be a good plan.
Yup -- will continue to do that as well.
> Also - responding rapidly to people who ask question on ux-advise is
> quite important I think :-)
of course :)
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