[Libreoffice] [PUSHED-partially][PATCH]a better about dialog

Stefan Knorr (Astron) heinzlesspam at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 2 10:22:06 PST 2012

Hi Barış, Noel,

First of all: Barış, wonderful that you took this up!
Secondly: I am adding the design and UX-advise lists to CC, to see if
we can get any help (artwork etc.) from there.

So, here's an evaluation of your proposal:
* the two most important pieces of information are the version and the
product description, so these should be better highlighted
** for now, it would help the most, if the (c) information were on a
new paragraph instead of directly after the product description
** ideally, the version number should have a slightly larger font
** the (c) notices could be in grey, as in Andrew's proposal, however,
most importantly they need to be shorter.

So, here's a text proposal:
"Version 3.x

LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite developed by the
LibreOffice community together with The Document Foundation.
[LibreOffice website] [Credits] [License]

LibreOffice is (c) 2000, 2012, the LibreOffice contributors and/or
their affiliates. All rights reserved.
Portions are (c) 2000, 2011 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Build ID: xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

Note, IANAL and maybe we need some legal advice before we can shorten
the (c) text this much. The part that we recognise all community
members, I think, does not have to be pronounced so much, I think
TDF's actions speak louder than words here.

Also, everything below the linkscould be greyed out. Further, centered
text looks pretty ugly, I think... I would like to cast a vote
pro-left aligned text.

2012/2/1 Barış Akkurt <dbarisakkurt at gmail.com>:
> -Changed the width of the about dialog to look better.

Actually, I like(d) that, and wider artwork shouldn't be the problem
... does anyone want to do any new artwork, preferably with the motif
in it?

> -added the definition of LibreOffice. "LibreOffice is a free and open source
> office suite developed by The Document Foundation."

Good idea.

> -Added the Document Foundation and Features links.

Hm, I think it would be better to have the link to (new) features
description in the Help, of course, someone would need to look through
the release notes and then build a "What's New" type of document.
Additionally, people will probably be more interested in LibO than in
TDF, so that should be the homepage link instead (I think). Does that
make sense?

> -Removed the OK button, just like Firefox.

I think that's a really bad idea, as some weird-or-not window manager
might not give us a titlebar "X" (Gnome 3, *cough*) or a titlebar at
all and then people don't know how to get rid of the window. So, I'd
love to see a reincarnation of the "Close" button (I know, the caption
used to be "OK," but I think "Close" is a better fit as the About
dialogue doesn't actually change any values).

> I want to remove the build information and place only the major version info
> (like 3.5) but i wasn't sure. Maybe, it is a neccessary information.

Yes, we might want to keep that for now, even though auto-generating
an ODT in the spirit of Mozilla's about:buildconfig might be a good
idea for the future. Anyway, my proposal moves that to the bottom.


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