Templates online features

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This site explains in short planned features for organizing and accessing templates online.

In a first step a template web site will be created, where template can be uploaded and downloaded. A link from the current 'Templates and Documents'-dialog in OpenOffice.org will point to that planned template web site.

In a future release these features will be offered from within the Office via a redesigned / new “Templates and Documents”-dialog (non-modal dialog) so that the user can interact with the web site content online directly from within the user interface.

List of features

  • templates can be sorted into categories / sub categories
  • search for templates
  • short descriptions
  • template versioning: templates get visible (marked) as updated ones on the site
  • user feedback:
    • users can comment the templates and also give feedback by email directly to the template-creator
    • users can also vote the templates
  • number of downloads is visible
  • preview of thumbnails by mouse over the template thumbnail, so that the user can see the content of the template without the need to change the view..
  • users can download a single selected template
  • take over the meta data of the templates into the upload form; we can avoid an upload form by utilizing the meta data from the templates directly for the web site;
  • download and upload should be possible on the template web site. For the upload authentication is needed, but due to a better usability the user will be asked for authentication, after he has clicked on the upload button, not before. This is also a must.
  • link from Office to the template web site via implementing an URL with tip help text in the templates and documents dialog
  • perhaps offer different views on the web site: At least per default tiled (vertical navigation). Perhaps a further kind of view to switch between;

Mockups of the Template Browser (three web site views)

Template Browser page1.png Template Browser page2.png Template Browser page3.png

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