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"To make complex office tasks easy to everyone" - concise, short and to the
point. Love that Daniel!

On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 7:52 AM, Daniel Hulse <>

One thing I can think of that would be important to defining this purpose
audience. Who is LibreOffice for? Sure, anyone can use if if they want, but
who are we targeting? LibreOffice is used by students, businesses, and
governments, but that's not really helpful in terms of design. One insight
that might be helpful is the fact that many of the people who use office
software aren't very good at using and understanding computers--they know
how to check their email, use a web browser, and do some things in their
office software, but that's it--they aren't very good at changing settings
or preferences, learning how to use new programs, or installing software.
These people have to be taken into account, because if something is
understandable to them, then it should be understandable to everyone--they
are the lowest common denominator.
At the same time, people should be able to use LibreoOffice for real
work--we shouldn't be getting rid of advanced functionality in terms of
can be done with the programs, because often LibreOffice is the easiest
that can be used for that task (for example, it is much easier to make an
ANOVA table in Calc than it is to learn R to make one)

I suppose, taking this into account, the purpose of LibreOffice would be,
broadly, "To make complex tasks easy for everyone." At the same time,
LibreOffice isn't and probably shouldn't be in the business of making web
browsers, file managers, or 3d modeling tools. So what kind of tasks is
LibreOffice meant to perform? Creating and editing documents is one
Impress, Math, Draw), and organizing and analyzing data is another (Calc,
Base)--fairly general tasks that need to be done in a variety of settings
and workplaces. Documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and the like are
used everywhere for a variety of purposes, so we can't get too specific
the purpose, either.

I suppose that would make the purpose of LibreOffice something like: "To
make work easy for everyone, by providing an easy-to-use set of tools for
making documents and presentations and for organizing and editing data."

Then again, thinking this is making me question why we bundle up each of
modules and call it LibreOffice. Sure, it's good to have tools that work
well together, but doing so in our case seems to rob the project of a clear
focus. Then again, this is how people expect to get their office software,
and it would be impractical for LibreOffice to not be this way, since this
project is seen as a drop-in replacement to Microsoft Office.


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