Specification BetterDefaults BulletsColorsShortcuts

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Specification Status
Author Christoph Lukasiak (Clu)
Last Change 27. September 2010
Status (Help) Preliminary


"Better Defaults", as this effort is called for short, aims to collect suggestions for better default settings in OOo. Impress was first (in accordance with the present focus of project Renaissance) . This is a subproject of Project Renaissance and 'Gridhandling' is the first outcome of it. Now also the second part 'Bullets/Colors/Shortcuts' is added.


Reference Document Check Location (URL)
Prerequisites [passed/failed] n/a
Product Requirement, RFE, Issue ID (required) available bcs: i113012,i113014,i113015,i113017,i113018,i113019,i114776,i113019,i115996

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Software Specification Rules n/a n/a
Better Defaults: Gridhandling Suggestion list available

Bullets/Colors/Shortcuts Workout

Better Defaults: OOo Suggestion list available Improving OOo Default Settings
Project Renaissance available Thinning out


Role Name E-Mail Address
Developer Christian Lippka Christian.Lippka@sun.com
Quality Assurance Wolfram Garten Wolfram.Garten@sun.com
Documentation Uwe Fischer Uwe.Fischer@sun.com
User Experience Christoph Lukasiak Christoph.Lukasiak@sun.com
Renaissance i-Team
Renaissance i-Team

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Acronym / Abbreviation Definition
<WYSIWYG> <What You See Is What You Get>

Detailed Specification

Bullet point Lists:

  • insert space between the bullet point and the text
  • insert ident for the second line of text under a bullet point


  • hide empty bullets in presentation mode (rejected because of technical problem)
  • change default bullet symbol order from 'Oo-' in 'O-O-O' (and oooo .. afterwards) inside text objects (not inside text in shapes etc.).

Serial effect as default:

for bullet points, option (text animation): set 'By 1st level paragraphs' as default

Default color of drawing objects: set to CFE7F5 (OOo light blue should be named 'Blue 9') framed with 808080 or 128/128/128 (50% Oracle Grey or 'Grey' in standard color palette)

Default shadow of shapes: distance to 0,2cm

Default pen color: Oracle red - 0,2cm with 50% transpirancy (transpirancy: rejected because of technical problem) -> but in addition you have a context menue in presentation mode which now includes following options: 'Mouse Pointer as Pen'; 'Pen Width'; 'Change pen Color ...' and 'Erase all ink in Slide'


Change dialog name: of 'Eyedropper' in 'Color Replacer'

Common shortcut for comments: CTRL+Alt+C (in Impress/Writer/Calc)


Accessibility is the responsibility of the I-Team, beginning with UX, DEV and QA, to ensure that the following requirements are fulfilled:

  1. Is the feature fully keyboard accessible?
    (Ex: "I can go everywhere and use every function using the keyboard only"

  2. Have I specified visual alternatives for the case that the specified feature includes audio as output?
  3. Are text alternatives for all icons and graphics available?
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  4. Don't provide important information in colors alone
    (Ex: marking important information hard coded in red)

  5. Does the specified feature respect system settings for font, size, and color for all windows and user interface elements?
  6. Have I ensured that flash rates do not exceed 2 hertz for blinking text, objects, or other elements? In any case, try to avoid flashing UI elements
  7. Ensure that assistive technology (AT) (like ZoomText or Orca) is able to read everything.


If you need help while designing, implementing or testing the accessibility of the UI, ask/visit:

  1. The accessibility check list at the OpenOffice.org Wiki
  2. accessibility@ui.openoffice.org (The accessibility mailing lists, preferred)
  3. For specific implementation details, architecture: mt@openoffice.org (Malte Timmermann)
  4. For specific UX and testing questions: es@openoffice.org (Éric Savary)


The Gridhandling default changes belongs to Impress and Draw application.


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