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On Tue, 2010-11-02 at 13:43 -0400, Marc Paré wrote:
I was just wondering if there was ever in OOo talk of organising 
"Templating Teams"?

This was touched on in another thread. The idea would be to have an 
official LibO Templating Team where the teams' only task would be to 
come up with different templates for various categories. The members 
would be picked according to their expertise in these categories.

For example, I am an expert in 14th-19th century keyboard 
reconstruction. Some of my regular jobs is to order specific wire for 
strings. As I order from one individual in the UK on a regular basis, I 
would join the template team and be in charged of the "Period Keyboard 
Restoration" category and build templates according to the needs in this 

Another example, which has been discussed, is a "Religions -> 
Evangelical" category, where the person responsible for this section 
would be in charge of templating various forms that done regularly by 
church admins, church music directors, chruch ministers etc.

If we were to setup a Templating Team group and published a large 
variety of templates, then the LibO suite would become more valuable as 
an Office suite for everyone.

Hi Marc,

Great idea - not sure we need a team, per se, but a place to collect
these would be of great help, IMO.

I would be bold enough to turn this email around and challenge you to
help lead this by putting together a short presentation on LibreOffice /
ODF / FOSS as if you where to deliver this to a small group, say at a
lunch time presentation to the IT team of a small public school system
in CA, as this I believe is your personal perspective. To be clear I'm
not speaking of a template specifically, rather it is the content, write
a 15 minute presentation.

I would not be so bold without willingness to also help - IMO a great
presentation to have as a shared resource would be one going over the
pre-LibreOffice history of the applications. Specifically I'm thinking
of taking the wiki page from OOo that covers the first 10 years and
using that as the basis for this, 4-6, page presentation "Roots - The
Story of LibreOffice" or some such. It can be an ice breaker for small
meetup groups, or the first 3 pages to presentations by others.

So, what do you say - shall we get the first 2 shared presentations into
the LibreOffice Presentation Library...


We would not have to find "templating specialists" but in most cases, we 
could all make an effort to convince people who are active in a 
particular domain and has a central administering role in making an 
organisation work. These people would be the most likely people to  make 
use of repetitive chores/documents. We could then organise a "templating 
mentoring programme" where members could get help in learning on how to 
template as well as on-hands help in template construction.

What do you think?

BTW, I do have a person who may be interested in creating some templates 
for Evangelical church routines. She just needs a little more convincing 
as she is too busy filling out forms that she does on a weekly 
repetitive basis.



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