Issue 18499 - Summarize the OOo functions that use Java in a user FAQ
Summary: Summarize the OOo functions that use Java in a user FAQ
Alias: None
Product: porting
Classification: Code
Component: www (show other issues)
Version: current
Hardware: Other Other OS
: P4 Trivial with 3 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: OOo 2.0
Assignee: Martin Hollmichel
QA Contact: issues@porting
Depends on:
Reported: 2003-08-21 18:01 UTC by 7kaltoid
Modified: 2006-04-04 07:48 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description 7kaltoid 2003-08-21 18:01:12 UTC
Constantly recurring questions:

On install, OOo can't find java on my computer.
1.  Why do I need it?
2.  Where can I get it?
3.  How do I install it and get OOo to recognize it?

I find absolutely nothing on the website to address these topics to the
typcical user.
Comment 1 Martin Hollmichel 2004-02-25 12:27:21 UTC
set component.
Comment 2 jacqueline.mcnally 2005-03-17 04:23:48 UTC
I haved added to

In the "Review the System Requirements" section I have added:

"Java is required to use the new embedded Java technology based HSQLDB database
engine, and or make use of accessibility and assistive technologies. If you do
not require database tables or accessibility integration, then you do not need
to download and install Java."

And a separate section for Java, following the "Reveiw the System Requirements":

"Install Java JRE (if required)
If you do not require Java or already have it installed on your system, skip to
Download 2.0 Beta section.

   1. Java (JRE/JDK) may be downloaded from depending on your needs.
   2. Click on the "Java Software Download" button.
   3. For more details, see Download Instructions for Windows offline and
Windows manual installation on the Java web site. "

Please let me know what else you would like to add or change.
Comment 3 7kaltoid 2005-03-17 14:54:02 UTC
The entire reason for raising this issue, if my memory will go back that far,
was the number of questions about it on the users lists, the vague responses
given by other well-meaning users, and the FUD created as a result.  I made what
I thought was a suggestion for a simple solution to correct the root cause of
the FUD.  Of course, I naively assumed newbies might actually read the FAQs to
attempt to find a solution on their own before hitting the lists.

The problem still exists in this writeup.  For example, what are the
"accessibility and assistive technologies" that require JRE?

Frankly, as it appears a definitive list isn't easily produced, I would simply 
state that the JRE. version 1.4 or later, is used by all versions of OOo, is
available from, and should be installed prior to installing OOo of
any version.  It is probably wise to also provide instructions for post-OOo
installation to have OOo recognize the JRE. Try to not leave even semi-technical
decisions to be made by people who also ask questions like "I just downloaded,
but I don't find an icon to start your program," or, "How do I download," or,
"Your program just ate all my files.  How do I get rid of it/get them back?"

I apologize for not making some of these same points in the original writeup,
but I was younger then.
Comment 4 Martin Hollmichel 2005-04-10 10:31:24 UTC
I started documenting this on

please feel free to add any further information, e.g. a list of recognized and
tested JRE would be helpful.
Comment 5 Martin Hollmichel 2005-10-24 06:22:30 UTC
most question are answered on
Comment 6 Martin Hollmichel 2006-04-04 07:48:25 UTC
close issue.