NetOffice Light: Status Report

Set up an account at Sourceforge this week, so we now have a place to work: http://sourceforge.net/projects/netoffice-light/. If you have any specific requests, post them there.

As I have mentioned previously, our first step is to remove all the existing javascript. Yep, all of it. I’m a big fan of progressive enhancement and so we’ll be looking to have everything working without any javascript. Sure, it won’t be as fancy, but if you don’t have javascript enabled for any reason, you’ll at least be able to use it.

We’ll then add the fabulous jQuery library which should take care of pretty much any scripting we need. (With the exception of the editor toolbar of course.)

We’ll also get rid of all the layout tables and convert it over to a nice, tidy, CSS layout. There will still be plenty of tables, but we’ll get them all sorted with class names so it shouldn’t be too hard to write your own skins or themes.

So our first release will be very much the same (function-wise) as NetOffice 2.6 – but a ‘plainish’ version that we’ll make available, so any designers out there that feel the urge can start preparing skins.

The “Client Site” in NetOffice

Getting ready to release our first version of NetOffice Light, and I was initially planning on removing the Client Site functionality altogether. This brought about a few protests – so I’m asking anyone who does use that function:

  1. What parts do you use the most?
  2. What parts do you use the least?
  3. What’s missing?

Specifically relating to the Client Site part of NetOffice. Thoughts anyone?