My todo list for LibreOffice 6.4


LibreOffice 6.3 isn’t release but I have already plans for the 6.4 winter release. I have two (three) main topics:

  • Tabbed, Tabbed compact, Groupedbar, Groupedbar compact, Contextual Single toolbar layout style should be done for writer, calc, draw and impress
  • all layouts should be available for the other apps like chart, master, form, …
  • LibO 6.4 will get customization support for NB so here stuff has to be done (thanks to GSOC student Sumit Chauhan)
Unified Styles, Design and Brand
  • I plan to update all style related stuff like
    • bullet styles
    • table styles
    • shape styles
    • everything that result into an image/drawing
  • I also plan to make unified stuff like
    • templates for all apps
    • gallery presets with an unified brand
    • smartart templates and predefinitions
Icon stuff
  • as Colibre, Sifr, Breeze are in a good shape and thanks to Rizal Muttaqin I don’t plan a new icon theme or big changes here
  • 32px icon size draw and review
  • For sure maintenance work will be done
  • as all icon themes are available in svg also for fix HiDPI bugs the icons are prepared
What can you do
  • for the brand, unified style and design stuff I could need help
  • join the design group
  • help with better styles support (code)
  • give me your knowledge
    • send me links to examples
    • send me links to other apps that did the job well
    • submit feedback

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Contextual Single

On vecation I ordinary have the best ideas. So this time I made an single line contextual toolbar for writer.


It’s how the single line toolbar should look like. One toolbar which is fully contextual. As one toolbar didn’t have that much space, you have the menubar for all available commands in LibreOffice.

It’s the most compact LibreOffice UI done on my smal Laptop screen (1366 x 768 px). But Contextual single work not only on small screens it’s flexible and suites all screen sizes.


Context Standard, Table, Image, Shape

If you’d like to test contextual single download the daily master build, enable experimental features (Menubar -> Tools -> Configure -> Advanced -> Enable experimental features) and change in Writer Menubar -> View -> User Interface -> Contextual Single.

To test download the daily build

I broke the linux builds but now daily build for linux is available to check out the context single layout

Bugfixing [done]

Great Icon bugs get fixed!

LibreOffice do organize the bugs into [META] bugs, which is great cause when you link the bug to different [META] bugs you can organize bugfixing over different groups. I care about BUG 106228 which is the Icon meta bug and as you can see most of the icon bugs need developer work. Everything I could fix myself is nearly done.

There are two bigger tasks, but with great effort open

1. svg support for icons bug 124940

All main icon themes are available in svg, but the svg2png libreoffice renderer give bad quality, so we have to ship the png icons. If we could use the svg icons instead of the png, it mean less work for the designers and the posibility to have color scheme support for icons. 100% dark icon theme support and full color support. What a great improvement.

2. language support bug bug 124956

We have colibre, elementary, breeze, sifr, tango icon theme therefore the design group did the icons, some icons like bold, italic, strickout, underline, overline, … have letters which work fine for english users but had to be drawen for other languages. But to know which letter should be used we need the translation team so translation team please submit an bug report for each language and add at depends on 124956, than we will do the icon work.


Colibre, elementary, sifr, breeze will be in an good shape for the 6.3 release, but to fix the last bugs, we need developers, translation team, documentation team, … everybody in one team.