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Welcome to the wiki of the OpenOffice.org Renaissance Project.
- The problem statement - What are the challenges of the current User Interface?
- The mission statement - What is our mission?
- The goal statement - What we plan to achieve.
- The scope - What is the focus of this project?
- The roadmap - How do we plan to proceed?
- Research - Know and understand OpenOffice.org users to better meet their needs.
- Design - Generate and accumulate design ideas to create prototypes based on valid data.
- Evaluate - Evaluate promissing solutions.
- Presentations - Presentations
- Status Meetings - Renaissance Status Meetings
- Press Coverage - Project Renaissance Press Coverage
- User Experience Books - Valuable literature on User Experience topics
How You Can Help
The people in the renaissance project hang out on #ux.openoffice.org on irc.freenode.net.
Share your cool user interface ideas on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Actual Requests For Enhancements or Bugs with the keyword Usability.
Frequently Asked Questions
Since the announcement of the Renaissance project we noticed that people are interest in general topics which are discussed repeatedly in e.g. discussion forums. This FAQ lists common questions and the corresponding answers - considering the current status of the project. If any common question seems to be missing, then please contact the Renaissance team at the email@example.com mailing list.
Will the result of Renaissance look like product XYZ? (e.g. Microsoft Fluent "Ribbon")
Not in general, maybe single parts. From experience it is known that UX professionals tend to develop similar solutions if there are similar problems and constraints.
Concerning Microsoft Fluent (known as "Ribbon" in Microsoft Office 2007), Microsoft has started to patent this user interface concept. As far as we know, if anybody uses the concept for office applications, then licence fees have to be paid. Additionally, it has not yet been proven that this concept represents the optimum for our users.
Will the future UI provide theming capabilities?
Maybe. Even the current OpenOffice.org provides theming capabilities to archive a high level of consistency across all the platforms (e.g. the user interface controls, icon themes). Furthermore, the Renaissance team has the impression that the concept of theming is somehow misunderstood. Theming does mainly have influence on how software will look - it won't change how software behaves. And making it behave better, e.g. by better understanding the work flow of users, is one of the goals of Renaissance.
Are there any mockups or preliminary designs available? Where can I find it?
No. The current project announcement is meant to communicate the start of an activity which requires a lot of support from different projects and roles inside the OpenOffice.org community. Please have a look at the Renaissance Roadmap to get an idea what to expect when.