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New UI for OpenOffice.org? When?

Dec 04, 2009, 14:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elizabeth Matthis)

"Before you read the more important stuff below this, let's just take a quick look at three basic questions.

"1) Is there going to be a new UI for OpenOffice.org? Yes. Improvements in interaction design (usability) will result in changes for the user interface. Good interaction design considers how fast you can do tasks which occur quite frequently and how easy you can figure out things you've never done before. BTW, "New UI" isn't a very exact term. We could just as easily say "revised UI" or "updated UI".

"2) When will it be done? Slowly but surely; over a long time; bit by bit. We will only change things if there is a good reason. And gathering and analyzing data (the "reason") takes time, as does designing improvements.

"3) What is the goal of Project Renaissance? To know and to understand our users as they are, and to help them accomplish what they want to, by providing efficient access to valuable functionality through a desirable user interface."

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