maandag 12 december 2016

LibreOffice off course offers alternatives for users of all Microsoft user interfaces

One of the big advantages of LibreOffice has been, for a long time, that it offers the well known menu based user interface to its users. Less known, is that LibreOffice also has solutions for the group users that is quite well used to different interfaces: the Notebookbar!

Over time LibreOffice worked on the concept of the Notebookbar, and that got supported by the working with Glade-designer for the user interface. With it's tabbed view, it looks as a notebook ;)

The Notebookbar itself also has multiple forms: Tabbed, Contextual Single and Contextual Groups. It can easily be seen in the next 5.3 release, if experimental features are turned on. The official 5.3-release is end of January.

LibreOffice offers an ideal solution for people that prefer to work with either a menu, or with a side bar, or with a more block-like interfaces!


  • Tools > Options > LibreOffice General > Advanced … check Experimental features
  • View > Toolbar Layout > Default/Single toolbar/Sidebar/Notebookbar
  • View > Notebookbar > Tabbed/Contextual Single/Contextual Groups
  •   (activate from the setting Tabs the Menubar via the LibreOffice-icon top left)

    *) Info Glade-designer
    *) Download LibreOffice 5.3 b├Ęta 1

    woensdag 12 oktober 2016

    Dutch parliament votes to make open standards mandatory

    It has been a bit quiet. On this blog. And apparently also at the Dutch government with regard open standards. If that would be the case at all, then now there is some very good news. In the attendance discussing the "Actieplan Open Overheid" ("Plan for action on open government") the parliament adopted a resolution to make the use of open standards mandatory. Mandatory for the countries government and the regional/local administrations. By law. This, finally, will put an end to the halfheartedly policy in this area. An excellent example is easy to spot at the parliament's website: the resolution is published in an old proprietary format..

    In any case: excellent news. And thanks to MP Astrid Oosenbrug for her competent and tireless work for a saner approach for the countries ICT. And of course to all other MP's that understand the importance of this.
    The resolution also asks the government to improve sharing the knowledge they have on open source software. Very useful, since there is a lot of knowledge in this area at the various services/offices. My compliments!