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Well, my own two cents, if we really want to make the Download buttons better, is to make them more descriptive, which then helps blind users which benefit greatly from descriptive links/buttons.


Instead of having a sentence saying: Click here for help; where "click here" is highlighted, make sure something more descriptive is highlighted like the word help itself:

Click here for [help].

The same applies with download buttons. If there are many variations on the theme, like torrents and operating systems, instead of simply having the button labeled as "Download" or "Download now".

Have something like:

Download Windows version


Download Debian 64-bit version via torrent

I hope that helps, Sometimes small changes make a big difference.

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On 11/11/2013 04:37 PM, Stefan Knorr wrote:
Hi Charles, all,

(please answer these thread on the website list).

I hope reply-all is appropriate..?

The title pretty much says it all. What do people think about the
download experience of LibreOffice? How can it be improved?

Thanks for asking the question, there are two main things that irk me
about it:

1. There is a "download now" button on the homepage. It lies. It
currently is
   a go-to-some-other-page-then-click-Download-again button. I'd much
   like to see a button on the front page that actually starts the
   and a small link below it, "More download options."

2. On our Downloads page, we use absolutely atrocious buttons: these
   look like they only have one click zone, part of them feel like they
   have one click zone (background lights up), yet actually these things
   three click zones (Main Installer, Torrent, & Info).
   It is easy to see that this leads to people clicking on the button, only
   to see nothing happening, because they clicked outside of one the three
   small zones.
   So, in conclusion, the whole button should be inside an <a> (i.e., a
   hyperlink) element, and Torrent and Info should be placed somewhere
   the big green button.

As an additional suggestion, there could be a bit more space around the
of the links on the download page. Also, it would be cool if the buttons
on the
homepage looked the same as those on the Download page.



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