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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Usability collaboration in OpenOffice.org

I just read an article by a member of the KDE community on "Usability collaboration in OSS" [0]. In this article he explains the key factors to make the "usability community" of a given project achieve its goals. The goals of such a community are explained by it definition :
"Usability is a term used to denote the ease with which people can employ a particular tool or other human-made object in order to achieve a particular goal"

From that definition, we can imagine that usability is a key feature of the success of a software, as it is directly related to users. I wonder, do we have in OOo a usability community? That may be useful to achieve the goals of making the software easy to use.

[0] http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/2462

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usability

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  • Hi Pierre-André. Sun's User Experience team is in transition towards becoming part of or founding an OOo User Experience team. Though there are already some contributions from this area available, like our work in specifications (http://specs.openoffice.org/), OOo UI guidelines (http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/User_Interface_Guidelines), and our work in countless single issues, it still is a long way to go until we can speak of a true OOo UX community. For the time being, our wiki page (http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/User_Experience_Community) may serve as a starting point, and you are invited to join us and help us shaping this community. Best regards! Lutz (lho@openoffice.org)

    By Blogger Lutz Höger, at 3:22 PM  

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