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Want better default settings?

Elizabeth Matthis
Hi UX community,

Executive summary:  please locate your favorite low hanging fruits by
_end of April_ to improve default settings in Impress (or all apps)

Chris Lukasiak  and I have decided to move ahead an effort started by
Frank Loehmann (presently on leave) which has better defaults as it's
aim: first in Impress (in accordance with the present focus of project
Renaissance) and later in the other OOo apps as well. This is to be a
subproject of Renaissance, so it is listed there on the "Current Work"
wiki page as "Better Defaults"
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Renaissance:Impress#Current_Work

What does "better defaults" mean? Well, I KNOW there are default
settings that you change first thing when you install a new version of
OOo. So please share what they are and why the change(s) make(s) your
life much easier. Or maybe there are settings you wish you could change
to make them the default, but they are too many clicks away. Whatever
they are or where they are, it is time to pipe up. Frank already started
writing down things that have come to his attention or annoyed him, such
as:

Make objects same size (54281)
 <http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=54281>

Text area selection is not very accurate and covers other objects. (96548)
 <http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=96548>


I would like to crank it up and get the rest of us brainstorming on
this. This is exciting stuff! One wonderful default setting changed
recently was http://qa.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=2446  Boy
did that feel good! Let's find more of those.

Chris has already made a start, so take a look:
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/GoodDefaults_GridHandling

*A first call to action:*
Can someone with better IssueTracker query fingers than my two left
thumbs look for issues related to default settings? Post the results of
the query right to the wiki where I have already set a page target but
not done any formatting:
 http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/w/index.php?title=Page_of_Issues_on_Improving_OOo_Default_Settings&action=edit&redlink=1
If my query attempts are any indication, there will need to be several
queries, so don't be shy! If you think you can add to the list, then do
another query.

*Second call to action:*
Write new RFEs in IssueTracker and add them to the list on the wiki page
(once someone starts it).
If the RFE writing is too high a hurdle for you, then go ahead and write
your suggestions and desires for default utopia ;-) to the mailing list
or create an idividual wiki page like Chris did for Grid Handling.

_Time Frame_
Please find/write issues and otherwise make/discuss suggestions for
better default settings by the END of APRIL. Then the iTeam can evaluate
the suggestions and decide what to implement with the resources they have.

_Low Hanging Fruit Clause_
Be sure to take features that we already have. If it is a change that is
easy to do (the developer just has to flip a switch on something that is
already alive and kicking in the office suite, but just not set as the
default---i.e. no new features!) then it is more likely to get done and
since we want results, the low hanging fruits are the ones we want to grab.

This is just my idea of how we can get the ball rolling, but I am
totally open to your ideas and other methods. Any way to get better
defaults is a good way! Write to me or to the ui@ux list if you have any
ideas or questions, etc. I'm looking forward to some action here again.
No use getting rusty now. ;-)

Thanks everyone for reading this far!
Happy holidays to those of you who hunt Easter eggs that aren't only in
computer software.

Liz
p.s. Germany has holidays on Friday April 2 and Monday April 5, so that
is why the lists might be a bit quiet.

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Re: [ux-discuss] Want better default settings?

Caolán McNamara
On Thu, 2010-04-01 at 20:57 +0200, Elizabeth Matthis wrote:
> Hi UX community,
>
> Executive summary:  please locate your favorite low hanging fruits by
> _end of April_ to improve default settings in Impress (or all apps)

> If the RFE writing is too high a hurdle for you, then go ahead and write
> your suggestions and desires for default utopia ;-) to the mailing list

1) "NumberFormatRecognition" and "NumberRecognition" in writer tables,
this one catches people out the whole time. They expect it in calc, but
when it happens in writer that typing numbers into a table changes their
formatting it's perplexing. i.e. false for
tools->options->writer->table->number recognition

2) Sequence Checking. We've got "Sequence Checking" enabled for all CTL
languages IIRC, this basically apparently baffles anyone that uses a CTL
language that's not Thai. Suggest that we set the defaults to turn
tools->options->language settings->CTL->Sequence checking off except for
the Thai langpack, i.e. rm
share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/Office/Common/Common-ctl_* except
for the th one.

3) Math Print Options
Seeing as math doesn't really handle multiple pages, the default options
to print the formula text, the frame and the title of the formula all
eat away at the space available. i.e. false for all
tool->options->math->settings->print options

4) The most annoying one. The survey and license acceptance dialogs.
Everyone disables these if they can. What goal do they attempt to
achieve, and could we achieve those some other way that doesn't require
them to be clicked through on first startup, e.g. from the help agent or
something instead as a "first tip".

C.


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