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Hi Issa,

On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 1:13 PM, Issa Alkurtass <>wrote:

Hello Kévin, all,

Thank you for the updates. Before I reply on your comments I like to
propose an idea similar to Mirek's for the palette tab:
Multiple palettes for the ability to choose colors digitally, without
moving any sliders or pointers. It helps users look at multiple colors at
once and choose between them.

If we allow custom palettes (which we definitely should if we have a
palette view), then it'd be good to have a drop-down list of the palettes
rather than a spatial view, or we could have both (a drop-down with
left+right arrows at the side).

Kévin PEIGNOT wrote on March 17, 2013 8:23 PM:
<Issa> New should be on the left and Old on the right.
       I don't really see why (for me, history (old) is on the left,
(new) on the right) but it's done;

Because New is the more important one and the one that will be updated. I
feel that it is natural for it to be there (it is even implemented that way
in the color map).
Usually it's top/bottom for New/Old in most programs though. Maybe we
should find a way to do that?

My thoughts on that in the last mail.
I'd prefer to keep the color previews in a single row.

<Issa> The colors beneath the basic ones should be even to clear
confusion about the gap between the third and fourth rows (to show that
the third isn't the middle color).

What I meant is that the number of color aside from the first should be an
even number (2, 4, etc.) because the middle shade was already removed to
the top. Something like this (lower numbers represent brighter colors):
---    //gap

The color selection is identical to that in MS Office. It's not a
requirement, but it's good for compatibility purposes (e.g. if a user loads
an MS Office document and wants to reuse one of the color variants), so I'd
keep it the way it is.

-Wouldn't it be better if we use a color map/square for the HSL instead
of the wheel since it's already implemented and prettier in my opinion?
       Personally I prefer the wheel. Then I'm not sure what would be
the good

Maybe we should have a voting then to see what most people think :)

A vote isn't a reliable way to discover what's best for the user.
A usability study, perhaps based on Inkscape, which includes views for both
sliders and a wheel, would be much more accurate.
Perhaps we should invite Bjorn Balazs to help us with that?

- When using the standard colors as the default theme, what would appear
in the palette tab ?
       I think this shouldn't happen : the palette is there to present
majority of colors, the theme present colors that fit well together. The
default theme should be something else,that we will define. It have to
be pretty has lot of people (in M$ Office at least, since it's not
horrible) use the default one. But for me, the palette is fixed.

Fair enough. Maybe we can even use LibreOffice branding theme or Tango
theme as the default.

The branding theme should be used for marketing purposes only.
I was originally thinking we could use Tango as well, but some of the
colors look quite bad when they're used in documents, especially the
greens, so I'd rather opt for something we make ourselves, something that
we know looks good on any background and in various use cases (text,
shapes, graphs, tables, ...).

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