Date: prev next · Thread: first prev next last
2020 Archives by date, by thread · List index

I come from both corporate and education backgrounds, and I think you (Nigel) have a very good 
point; honestly, many (most?) users could use LO on Linux Mint and not even realize they weren't 
using MSO on Win10. It's hard for those of us in the field to realize that programs are just "typy 
thingies" for a lot of people. But as soon as they get emails back that people can't open their 
attachments, it's a problem for them and their IT.

The problem is that the "Save..." "Save as..." paradigm is a poor one. MS Word can also be 
confusing here. Really there are 3 "saves" for most users: "Save for me (so, can edit)", "Save for 
others (can edit)", and "Save for others (can't edit)".

Export, publish, save, send... all these get knocked around as ways to express this, and most users 
are just scared of anything but Save...

I'd suggest something like "Save..." and "Save as...". "Save..." would just overwrite (as the user 
sees it) the existing file to continue editing in the current format. "Save as..." would 
immediately present a simple dialog with "Save and start editing on new format..." and "Save as 
separate file to distribute..." buttons. The second button would lead to basically an export, but 
it would allow export to MSO, ePub, PDF, or whatever as a separate file, but not switch to that 
file as the one under edit. There would be a checkbox offering to open the file for inspection 
after save, and any feature loss warning would be way less scary, since it would be worded to 
highlight it only applies to the saved copy, not the main document under edit. What is more, it 
wouldn't depend on a droplist at the bottom to select the format. There would be nice, clear 
options for ODF, MSO, PDF, and Advanced (under which other options could be chosen), say, as radio 
buttons, the last of which would be beside a droplist.

From: Nigel Verity <>
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2020 9:42 AM
To: Mike Saunders <>; 
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-marketing] Polish community poll results

It's both interesting and reassuring to note that there is considerably greater resistance to using 
open document formats than there is to using LibreOffice. I'm not sure what there is that anyone 
can do about that. The fact that MS Office formats are proprietary and ODF is not doesn't have any 
impact on most people. Whenever I've tried to push the adoption of ODF, the usual response is 
"There  already is a universal standard - MS Office". Obviously it's not "universal" but you can 
see what they mean.

In my experience most documents sent to me - regardless of format - are to read, not to update. 
That is a strong case for using PDFs instead of MSO formats but, again, try getting organisations 
to adopt that approach. Generating a PDF is another procedural step, and it can present a version 
control problem relative to its source document.

I may be imagining this, but didn't at one time ask you select your default document 
format on first use? While I think ODF should always be the standard for LibreOffice there perhaps 
needs to be a level or realism in order make it clear to new or potential users that they can 
continue to use MSO formats if that suits their workflows best.



From: Mike Saunders <>
Sent: 29 May 2020 14:22
To: <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-marketing] Polish community poll results

Thanks for sharing, Marcin! When you have some documentation ready, let
me know and I can share on our blog...

On 29/05/2020 14:36, Marcin Popko wrote:
I've prepared poll for Polish LibreOffice users - I got 30 answers, not a lot, but it’s new 
fanbase and it shows us a little about comunnity in Poland.

Most interesting results:
1. 93,3% use LibreOffice at home, 53,3% at work!
2. Over 80% rates LibreOffice more than 8 (in scale 1-10; 1=bad, 10=best)
3. 90% use LibreOffice for more than 5 years and love it's free software.
4. 40% of people avoid open document formats because:
- Others have trouble reading them.
- Because of other people who have to open such a document
- At work, I need the greatest possible compatibility with MS Office
- If I'm supposed to share this somewhere, people look at it and they don't know what it is.
- At work, I can't always. Someone's asking me for a different format.
- to be compatible with other office packages
- Because I need them to be compatible with other offices
- I use Libre to open files created on other programs
- because sometimes I send documents "outside" and I'm afraid other users will have a problem 
with them
- Due to the requirements of the manager
- Sometimes I have to send a file to people using only MS Office
4. Most of people wants to hear more tips and support in Polish language. There is lack of 
localized documentation and basic tutorials for modern versions of LibreOffice. I work a little 
with translating documentation, I'm going to prepare site which can be accessed directly from 
LibreOffice -> Help -> User Guide. In LO with polish langpack it used to lead to page not found 
error, now blank site is ready to be filled, will add some stuff there:;data=02%7C01%7C%7C380e6d6471b4416a8db708d803d37bb1%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637263554128970906&amp;sdata=UetwS801mGF2stu%2BaEdbLuqAhsHGSdNwGN9iAqV8rNg%3D&amp;reserved=0

I attach link to anwers and results (note: in polish), I have no idea how to translate whole site 
for you to English.;data=02%7C01%7C%7C380e6d6471b4416a8db708d803d37bb1%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637263554128980896&amp;sdata=5gBGOefvGIF1HcBDZ4AeUBiO9iul%2B0cxGR0%2FxPb9TsE%3D&amp;reserved=0

Pozdrawiam / Regards
Marcin Popko

tel. +48661505678

To unsubscribe e-mail to:
Posting guidelines + more:;data=02%7C01%7C%7C380e6d6471b4416a8db708d803d37bb1%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637263554128980896&amp;sdata=05Y5%2BriOzYcXT7IwDSfCKMukCAsXcIEAFEyoj75YGQc%3D&amp;reserved=0
List archive:;data=02%7C01%7C%7C380e6d6471b4416a8db708d803d37bb1%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637263554128980896&amp;sdata=k%2FPqLXY6EN9S%2F%2Fa%2F%2Fs4dwNgfk%2BSwnqMlzcKKeQLXngY%3D&amp;reserved=0
Privacy Policy:;data=02%7C01%7C%7C380e6d6471b4416a8db708d803d37bb1%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637263554128980896&amp;sdata=IwiNLArowA8mhRFHnW%2BeZpRvOHqARAlE1WW54bgsc7o%3D&amp;reserved=0

To unsubscribe e-mail to:
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
Privacy Policy:

To unsubscribe e-mail to:
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
Privacy Policy:


Privacy Policy | Impressum (Legal Info) | Copyright information: Unless otherwise specified, all text and images on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This does not include the source code of LibreOffice, which is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPLv2). "LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are registered trademarks of their corresponding registered owners or are in actual use as trademarks in one or more countries. Their respective logos and icons are also subject to international copyright laws. Use thereof is explained in our trademark policy.