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This is brilliant progress, and I would love to see this integrated into
LibO, but first we need to develop the web side of it.
I am sure it would be very easy to cobble together an interface in LibO if
we had the system already running on the website, it would just need to send
some information and call some XML.

I LOVE the dashboard and I am sure that we could integrate some of the ideas
of the we menu. If someone has the time it would be good to get this
definition on the website wiki in order to assess requirements for the
system through Drupal.
Brilliant Ben!

Michael Wheatland

On Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 5:21 AM, Marc Paré <> wrote:

Le 2010-11-05 15:28, Benjamin Horst a écrit :

Nice work! I like this. As you say in your "Web Integration" section, the
more active user become the more they will stick with OOo/LibO. Allowing our
user base to join in one way or another gives them a sense of belonging. As
to our TDF/LibO members, these people are here to make a difference in
either participating actively or making sure their voice is here. We really
caretakers of two groups: LibO users at large (through our user help tools)
and our TDF/LibO members. In either case, Ben's "Dashboard" idea or the
Ubuntu "WeMenu" are looking at addressing these needs.

Community participation is an even stronger incentive to continue using
LibO than are the old proprietary tricks of "lock-in" via obfuscated file
formats. And, community participation achieves this in a way that is
positive to users, instead of antagonistic. We can--and should--develop
specific tools that help encourage community participation for both
end-users and project volunteers over time.

 I think that we should look a little more closely at Ben's "Dashboard"
proposal as well as the "WeMenu" as they seem to be at, pretty well, the
same point of development.

I guess if Ben is still interested in continuing developing the
"Dashboard" proposal.

I am. It's due for an update, and I'd like to keep working on it with this
community's participation.

It's also worth considering how this approach can help us compete with
online office suites. By incorporating some online tools into LibO, we blunt
their appeal!


I'll help if I can.


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