I hate Times New Roman (or pretty much any other serif font) as the default
font. I would mind it less if it were easy to change the style in the default
template easily but it's generally an unintuitive task, even when reading the
sparse documentation. The Organise Templates dialogue is a mysterious
concoction of esoteric and seeming irrelevant cul de sacs.
Before all the HCI grads and typographers out there shout that serif fonts are
more readable, a) I disagree for on-screen reading and generally find sans
serif easier on my eye in printed form unless the font size is small b) I
don't believe there is a definitive choice between the two and c) even if I
agreed, it should be much easier for a user to select to change attributes of
the default template. and (tongue in cheek) z) Times New Roman seems like a
lazy choice based on what Microsoft Office does in the US.
I propose that we change the default text style in the default template to a
clear sans-serif choice and while there, set the paragraph spacing to 0.5em,
before and after, so that users aren't encouraged to separate paragraphs with
double CRLF. As you'll see from the proportional unit I've suggested, we'll
need em units in the product (the width of a letter m in the chosen font -
those of you familiar with CSS will know this one). I also propose that we
sort out the horrible mess that is the Organise Templates dialogue.
Just to get started here's a straw man for a user story (Agile):
As a user of LibreOffice, who has just downloaded and installed the product, I
wish to ensure every document I create from here on is styled the way I
prefer, so that I don't have to manually adjust the styles each time.
This is covered by the default template, except where a user doesn't like some
aspect of the template, because updating it is a pain in the neck.
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