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Hi Yu, Xi, George, Kevin,

sorry for not having replied earlier. I marked your mail, but as there
are 70 other mails I wanted to reply here on the list, I lost track...

Yu Liu schrieb:

Hi LibreOffice Design Team,

We are a group of four Software Engineering undergraduate students
studying at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. As part of
the curriculum, we are required to spend over a year on a design
project, which involves creating a new software system, or improving
an existing one. We have decided to put our skills in creating what
we think would be an improved user interface for the LibreOffice.

I think this is a great opportunity - for both your project and our

Because this is an academic project, we will have to branch from the
current code repository.

This would allow us to review your changes / new UI and implement them
(or at least some of them) to the main repository, if you can license
them under LGPL 3+ and MPL.

If you have any doubt or question regarding
our project, please feel free to ask us or our professor Paul A.S.
Ward at (his university personal page is For academic purpose, we are
seeking if it is possible for us to establish a regular contact with
one of you. It's required of us to receive regular feedback and
guidance on our progress from a considered expert in the field, and a
formal developer would certainly qualify.

Do you want to contact a developer or a user experience / graphic design

For the former you would have to contact the developer mailing list at

While they can give you programming guidance, UX and UI design are
worked on here.

I for one don't consider myself as "expert" in this field - especially
as contact for a university project - but perhaps one of the other team
members would be able and willing to serve as contact.

We will bother that person
no more than once or twice a month with our progress. We may have to
refer to the person as our "client" or "customer", although
absolutely no obligation is attached. We would like to thank you in
advance for your consideration, and we look forward to hear back from

Once again sorry for the late reply!

Best regards


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