Since Kompozer isn't a direct competition product for the Microsoft Office 2007, I'd like to suggest incorporating the Office UI that Microsoft is providing royalty free licensing into Kompozer.
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This causes KompoZer to be less portable, as the Office UI being a Microsoft product makes it Windows dependent. Not gonna happen! And this from a developer, not a project admin.
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Erm, why? Something like this would involve quite a bit of work I'm sure, so you'll need to provide a very compelling argument for the advantages of doing so to be considered I'd think.
We cannot use it for products that compete against ANY Microsoft products - KompoZer fights both Expression Web and Visual Studio Web Developer. Too bad, so sad. This bug is UNRESOLVABLE.
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I think it's way to early to even consider this. The Office 2007 UI breaks tradition in so many ways it isn't even funny, which means a productivity hit in learning to use it. Moreover, with Microsoft giving away free Office 2007 Compatibility Packs for Office 2000, XP, 2003, and soon for Mac Office, uptake on Office 2007 has been very slow. The Compatibility Packs add only file format support, not support for the UI redesign.
The time to consider cloning Office 2007's UI is if and when Office 2007 alone or in conjunction with later version(s) sharing a similar UI gain enough market share to become familiar to most software users. As a retired lawyer who has looked closely at the relevant Microsoft licensing, I can say that it is far from clear that Kompozer is not a directly competing product. So consideration, if it ever happens, should begin with obtaining an opinion from a lawyer who still is licensed to practice law as to the legal risks involved. Speaking only for myself, were I still practicing law and were I asked by a client to render such an opinion, it would warn strongly that Microsoft's licensing is so vague and ambiguous that the risks are considerable.
KompoZer is an Open Source project, based on Open Source technologies.
I sure won’t work on this, but if anybody wants to make ribbons™ I can provide a little technical help to make an extension.
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