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

Stefan Knorr (Astron) heinzlesspam at googlemail.com
Fri Feb 3 00:14:28 PST 2012

though well-intentioned, I actually forgot to add the design and
ux-advise lists to CC. Doing that now... Astron.

On 2 February 2012 19:22, Stefan Knorr (Astron)
<heinzlesspam at googlemail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Astron.

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