This is maybe a bit unorthodox, but I'd like to get feedback from
people on what we do in the future by having you take a close look at
what Microsoft is doing in Word 2007. They're doing something similar
to what I think we have been envisioning (I'm convinced someone in
Redmond has been paying attention to what we've been doing), so it's
actually not that strange.
So for anyone that has access to a Windows (XP, or Vista) box, please
download the public beta, and post your thoughts. Or if not, there's
always screenshots (see below).
I think what I''m most interested in now is the citation and
bibliography GUI. There are a few pieces of this:
1) This screenshot here shows how you insert a bibliography (and
choose its basic layout) and switch citation styles:
This works much more smoothly than in OOo. If you choose a different
style from the pop-up, it automatically reformats (though if you add a
new citation, it does not, which is a bug as far as I'm concerned).
Note: they are not (it seems) including a GUI to edits citation styles.
I would be fine going this direction myself because easier to get
things done right, but I wonder what others think. Would you give up a
style GUI if you could modify a pretty simple XML file or simply
download it transparently?