[Scribus] insert lorem ipsum: back to context menu?

Christoph Schäfer christoph-schaefer
Wed Jul 20 04:09:40 CEST 2005

Hi Louis,

> I agree usability is of upmost importance.

Yes, and chances are good, scribus will beat its "competitors" hands 
down in the long run.

> This discussion kind of 
> demonstrates here just how important it is.

Agreed! While scribus' usability is excellent in general, I'd like to 
encourage everyone on this list to discuss usability issues. Commercial 
software manufacturers spend tons of money for usability testing (with 
the exception, perhaps, of Quark and Microsoft). In FOSS, voluntary user 
feedback is needed, not only for features, but also usability.

> A feature is only good if 
> it suits what users need, and if these users can actually use it 
> (find it!).

That's one of the beautiful differences between QXP on one side and 
ID/scribus on the other (I might add the contrast between MS Office and 
OpenOffice.org as another example). Unfortunately, it is exactly the bad 
usability that keeps the de facto monopolies alive, since companies 
invested large sums to train their employees for working with 
ugly/clumsy software (QXP, MS Office). Moreover, many workflows are 
built around second or third grade programmes. OTOH, these facts provide 
the time for FOSS to mature and finally offer viable and reliable 
alternatives, based on user feedback.



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