Issue 97688 - better default gradient set
Summary: better default gradient set
Status: CONFIRMED
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOO300m9
Hardware: All All
: P3 Minor (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2008-12-31 15:53 UTC by nekohayo
Modified: 2017-05-20 10:44 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT
Latest Confirmation in: 4.1.0-dev
Developer Difficulty: ---


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new gradients template proposal (5.14 KB, text/xml)
2009-01-05 17:58 UTC, nekohayo
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Description nekohayo 2008-12-31 15:53:02 UTC
I am a designer and UI reviewer, and I find the default set of gradients in
OpenOffice to be ugly. 

They have that '95 look, as if they were meant as a benchmark for colors
(squared radial pink to green, anyone?). They generally lack subtlety and a more
"professional" look, and, as such, discourage the user from using them at all. 

They are really not suitable for charts or flowchart boxes.

I discovered recently that I can edit
~/.openoffice.org/3/user/config/standard.sog and thus create a nice array of
slick gradients.

The goal of this bug report is to ask this: if I provided a new, more carefully
crafted Tango-style set of gradients, would this be accepted upstream?
Comment 1 thorsten.martens 2009-01-05 11:00:44 UTC
TM->WG: One for you ? Please have a look, thanks !
Comment 2 wolframgarten 2009-01-05 11:44:17 UTC
Please attach the new set. Reassigned.
Comment 3 nekohayo 2009-01-05 17:58:12 UTC
Created attachment 59142 [details]
new gradients template proposal
Comment 4 nekohayo 2009-01-05 18:00:56 UTC
Screenshots/demos for your convenience: http://jeff.ecchi.ca/blog/?p=695
Comment 5 Regina Henschel 2009-01-05 18:44:02 UTC
An improved new standard palette should contain all types in different settings
of Center, Angle and Border; like it is done in the palette "classic_en-US.sog".
(But I don't like the colors of that palette.) I think, that a new standard
gradients palette should not only be "nice" and useful, but show the users, what
effects are possible.

I have looked at your examples. I miss examples for using the gradients for a
slide background.
Comment 6 nekohayo 2009-01-05 19:11:33 UTC
I partly disagree: a default palette should (in my humble opinion) be intended
to look good and provide a sensible default that can be applied to most
situations, not a special effects showcase.

Also, I "could" have provided variants for radial/axial/square/whatever types but:
- they are generally (except radial, in some cases) ugly and unsuitable for
diagrams or charts, really. They are also constraining/lack flexibility (no way
to have more than 2 colors, or set precise points where those colors are
positioned, for example)
- I would just have duplicated all the linear gradients I have done here and
flipped the switch from "linear" to "radial" or "axial" or whatever. What's the
point? The user could have done so him/herself.
- past a certain amount, too much choice is not a good thing, both cognitively
(Iyengar and Lepper, 2008) [1] and artistically (because they will start showing
lack of uniqueness)

Finally, the defaults are intended to be starting points that the user can
customize, but not a "look, we can do ALL gradient types!" gallery. In the line
of thought that trying to provide more stuff would just be duplicates (see
above) or that the more diversity you try to provide, the more it looks like
what we currently had up to now, I think it would be better (and easier) to
exercise voluntary restraint in the defaults that are provided.

But yeah, maybe 2-3 radial gradients could be added, if they can look good ;)

[1] http://www.columbia.edu/~ss957/articles/Choice_is_Demotivating.pdf
Comment 7 Edwin Sharp 2014-02-23 20:13:12 UTC
Confirmed with
AOO410m1(Build:9750)  -  Rev. 1566800
2014-02-11_04:11:01 - Rev. 1566981
Debian
Comment 8 Armin Le Grand 2014-02-24 21:37:56 UTC
I checked these gradients shortly and despite that we have new ones in 4.0.1 I think these are great. Grepping task...
Comment 9 Marcus 2017-05-20 10:44:40 UTC
Reset the assignee to the default "issues@openoffice.apache.org".