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[libreoffice-website] The new LibreOffice extension site


Dear community,

as you may know, our extension site is in the progress of being reworked to improve the user experience and make the uploading and maintenance process for both admins and users more straightforward and we want to also ease getting in contact with extensions authors to report issues. We've tried a couple of approaches in the past and have been evaluating various options, including a WordPress-based site. The proposal is to move from our current Plone-based website to the Open Collaboration Service [1], which is the API behind the well-known openDesktop.org [2] platform, formerly known as GNOME Eye Candy.

The idea is to set up a self-hosted instance on our own infrastructure, test, configure and deploy the system, and eventually move our extensions there. And for this, we need your help, insight and support! Admins, web designers, moderators, maintainers and everyone else who wants to get familiar with the configuration and the workflow for guide developers and users in the future is more than welcome!

The tasks we have to work on in detail are:

* Install the OCS client on our infrastructure (this will be handled by our infra team)
* Configure the look and feel to comply with the LibreOffice branding
* Set-up categories for a better usability
(my first idea: Dictionaries, Templates, Localizations and l10n Tools, Color schemes, Gallery content, Clipart, Menu/Toolbar/Shortcut Configuration [5], Icon themes, LibreOffice Themes (aka Mozilla Persona), NotebookBar Variants, Fonts, Table Styles, Area Fill Presets, Document Themes, Macros, Documentation incl. different versions and languages)
* Define rules for the categories according the platform (ideally, we are able in the future to provide better access to the extensions à la GHNS! [6])
* Find moderators who keep an eye on the uploaded extensions
* Document the workflow, how to (users:) upload an extension, set properties such as module flags, update files, communicate with the users (moderators:) change the categorization, flag as orphaned, highlight, update maintainership, delete it
* Localize the strings

So if you are interested in this topic, please join the task-force. We can discuss the details on the website@ mailing list and the IRC channel #tdf-infra. We're also in touch with the openDesktop.org developers via Matrix. And comments are welcome too, of course.

Cheers,
Heiko (UX mentor at the TDF team)


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Collaboration_Services
[2] https://www.opendesktop.org/
[3] https://www.gnome-look.org/
[4] https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/libreoffice_extensions/ and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/File:20190125_FOSDEM-ExtensionsOCS.odp
[5] https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=123768#c6
[6] https://design.blog.documentfoundation.org/2016/11/11/additions-to-libreoffice/


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