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The aim of this page is to provide an analysis of useful features from competitor software.

Competitor Software

  • Adobe InDesign CS3
  • Apple iWorks
  • Microsoft Office
  • various web-pages
  • specific controls:
    • Adobe Type Manager: group fonts
  • ... please expand

Useful Features

Table Styles

Virtually every table on the net uses the following specific design:


  • header row: a background color is set
  • table-rows:
    • alternating backgrounds
    • usually NO hard-borders, but usually light borders
  • highlight current row: interactive programs (aka web) implement this feature, too
  • slightly rounded corners: sometimes a pretty cheap but visually pleasing effect

Competitor Software

  • virtually every web table, including the OOo and Mozilla issue-lists use these web-proven designs.
  • Adobe InDesign CS3:


  • Writer: implement such a table style (NO issue yet filed)
  • Calc: implement a Spreadsheet Table View
    • see issue 78181
    • different header style
    • data-rows: alternating background
    • highlight current row
  • Impress: highlight current row/ current area

Styles & Themes

  • iWorks: professional looking styles & themes out of the box
  • MS Office 2007: also professional looking styles & themes out of the box
    • Using these two products you have to almost struggle to create ugly documents
    • No confusion caused by multiple simultaneous pragmas (strong manual editing support vs styles based)
    • Themes format styles automatically, which means extremely easy switching of the whole look
  • OOo is very poor on this area!

Context sensitivity

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