On Sun, 2011-06-26 at 23:43 +0300, David Nelson wrote:
On Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 8:38 AM, Jean Hollis Weber <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I still am not convinced that there is any real marketing or other
advantage to having coloured title bars and highlighting *in the user
guide illustrations* -- I don't see why they need to be the same, as the
purpose and use of the two are different, and the screenshots themselves
will be different (so no reuse advantage to us).
To me having the user guide screenshots in gray DOES have advantages FOR
THE USERS: they are less likely to be distracted by the difference
beween whatever colours they see on their screen and the gray in the
screenshots; and the gray looks less "foreign" to Mac users.
I agree with what Jean says. Gray is a practical choice.
But, also, after having reflected on this subject since past
discussions on the documentation ML, I'm no longer totally convinced
of the need to have total uniformity in screenshots, nor even of the
need to have them all done under Linux rather than Windows. Providing
that a little common sense is used, having some variety only
emphasizes that LibreOffice runs on a large variety of platforms and
under a wide variety of GUIs.
In reality, it's important for us not to raise the entry barriers to
contribution too high, because I notice that most people only
contribute for a short period of time and then tend to fall away. The
number of regular work contributors (as opposed to mailing list
contributors) is quite low.
We already use standardized chapter templates, and Jean and others
have done great work on the documentation team contributor's guide (an
on-going work). Do we really have to get too fussy about standardized
themes used for taking screenshots? As we've already read in this
thread, it can develop into quite a complicated issue, and I'd suggest
we really have other more-urgent issues to deal with...
Just my own 2 cents...
Actually I think some the Linux distros might enjoy unintentional free
publicity from a screenshot. Depending on each contributer's set up
there could be some hopefully only differences.
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