Apache OpenOffice

Friday November 09, 2012

You Can Help Us Improve OpenOffice

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A Call for QA Volunteers

This is a call for volunteers for our QA team.   The Apache OpenOffice (formerly OpenOffice.org) project has an ambitious plan for our next major release.  But for this plan to be successful we need to grow our Quality Assurance (QA) team to keep up with the output from our programmers.  The more QA volunteers we have, the more bugs we can find and get fixed for Apache OpenOffice.  This work has a direct impact on OpenOffice product quality.  It is also fun!

 Why volunteer?

Why would you want to help with OpenOffice QA? 

  1. We're a fun, international group of testers, of a range of skills and experience, dedicated to free software and making OpenOffice a high quality choice for users.
  2. This is a good way to learn about QA and get some practical experience.  This is useful, for example, if you are thinking about Software Quality Engineering (SQE) as a possible career choice.
  3. Helping as a tester is a good way to "give back" to the open source community in a way that makes a direct difference in the product, but doesn't require programming skills.
  4. It is a good way to raise the visibility of bugs in areas that matter to you.  For example, maybe you personally are concerned about bugs that cause problems on the Mac, or bugs that impact color blind users, or bugs related to bidirectional text.  Participating on the QA team is a good way to ensure that areas of personal interest work right.
  5. We have tasks for volunteers with a range of skills.  From novices who can help with manual testing and fix verifications, to experts who can help with our test automation framework, we have a full range of QA activities.
  6. As an extremely popular open source product, with many millions of users, there are opportunities here to do some new and exciting things on the QA front.  We're a laboratory for new ideas and approach to QA.

 What does QA do?

QA activities within the Apache OpenOffice project include:

  • Reviewing incoming bug reports from users to see if the reported issues can be reproduced
  • Verifying bugs that the developers say they have fixed, to confirm that they actually have been fixed
  • Testing new builds of OpenOffice against a test plan
  • Defining new test cases
  • Running automated regression tests
  • Specialized tests in areas such as performance, accessibility, localization, security, etc.
  • Analyzing defect reports to see how we are doing, in terms of quality level, defect find and fix rates, etc.
  • Reporting summary defect data and recommending whether a given build of OpenOffice is ready to release.

What are we looking for?

The skills we need on the QA team include:

  • Familiarity with OpenOffice as a user.
  • Attention to detail.  In QA we find the bugs that the developers missed.  And our developers are pretty good.
  • Access to a Windows, Mac or Linux machine for testing
  • Interest, enthusiasm and teamwork.
  • Also, specialized skills are always welcome, such as expertise in assistive technology tools, bidirectional scripts, East Asian text layout, power users of OpenOffice Base, etc.

How to Get Involved

You can start now, in three easy steps:

  1. Subscribe to our public QA mailing list by sending an email to qa-subscribe@openoffice.apache.org and responding to the confirmation email you will then receive.
  2. Introduce yourself on the list by sending  an email to the QA mailing list:  qa@openoffice.apache.org
  3. Review our self-paced orientation modules to help you get started.  If you are already familiar with open source development at Apache, then you can quickly skim over the Level 1 and Level 2 modules and concentrate on the Introduction to QA module.   If, however, you are new to Apache, and want a more methodical approach to getting started, then you can start at Level 1 modules first.

We hope to hear from you soon!


I see that to get started I have to publish an email address on the internet. No way.

Posted by Terry on November 09, 2012 at 05:47 AM UTC #

I just want to download Open Office. I don't know what a mirror site is, I don't know what to do when the website changes to Korean (I live in South Korea), all I want is to GET open office. How do I DO that?

Posted by Dave on November 09, 2012 at 09:38 AM UTC #

I was participating in a BBST class. I was listing risks for Insert/Table. I was completing some exploritory testing to find boundaries in the table columns. I held down the up arrow on the column field and the climb stopped at 1,134 columns. When I clicked 'ok' the image on the page is one black box. I did not recieve an error message in regards to the columns being too numerous for the page spacing. My expected result was very small columns as I had put a 99 in the field and my return was 99 columns. Possibly and error message should fire when the number of columns exceeds the page width.

Posted by Victoria on November 09, 2012 at 11:28 PM UTC #

i'v read the article : About Improving Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates sites, and we hop we can help the opensource as the "Apache OpenOffice"

Posted by agadir on November 10, 2012 at 07:24 PM UTC #

I'm hoping that I can open docx files for printing eventho' there is a primitive version of word on this computer. I'll give a positive feedback in anticipation if it can be done .. or you may deduce the alternative if not!! Jim : ) ,' ) ; )

Posted by Jim Fletcher on November 11, 2012 at 03:19 AM UTC #

Me gusta mucho Apache OpenOffice.Org y creo que puedo ayudar a mejorar la Beta 4.0.

Posted by Manuel on November 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM UTC #

Hi Does the Word in Open Office has the feature of Adding References to Documents which then appear as s serially numbered foot notes such that if additional footnotes are inserted then the serial numbers of all following references is increased accordingly...? Look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Saeed

Posted by Saeed Rahim on November 12, 2012 at 01:31 PM UTC #

(brazilian protuguese) Precisamos mudar a interface da nossa suite de produtividade. Colocando todas as suites, o OpenOffice é o segndo melhor e em muitos pontos supera o da Microsoft, especialmente no Calc. A gente só precisa fazer uma interface mais moderna, refazer toda ela, talvês inspirados em uma tela de tablet. Parabéns a todos pelo brilhante trabalhalho!

Posted by Araori Silva Coelho on November 12, 2012 at 04:55 PM UTC #

please give language pack for Hindusthani languages.

Posted by shreeram on November 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM UTC #

I've used MS Word for years but one day, while trying to clean up my Disk, made a mistake and unwittingly deleted it. That's how I came to download OO in the first place. I generally like Open Office. I've used it for several months previously and have had very little in way of problems with it. It does seem to take a long time in opening, but this may not be due to program itself. I'd like to see a more fully equipped tool bar and one which had a better description of what's available M.C.

Posted by Mel Cownzowfsky on November 14, 2012 at 03:49 PM UTC #

I would love to help Open Office develop into a software that can be used by all. Please advise me how I can be of help. Thank you,

Posted by Kamalanathan Sappani on November 18, 2012 at 11:28 PM UTC #

it very usefull for me - student, witch can not pay more than 30 $ for excel or word. I just cant live without this

Posted by on November 20, 2012 at 06:27 PM UTC #

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