For that alone, I bow to their feet!
Still though, regarding help files, I get anal about how things are worded and whether or not it applies to the situation at hand. I also believe that users should be able to quickly find the answer they are looking for.
So the situation for me was this: I have a spreadsheet I'm working on that cannot span across two pages. Come hell or high water, it must be printed all on one page. I remembered an option, somewhere, which allowed you to set OO to be scaled to fit the page. I even thought I knew where it was, but alas, I did not.
Keep in mind that I'm using version 3.1.1, the latest stable version. I opened up the help file, typed scaling, and found this little tidbit:
SettingsI posted this in the forum over at OO:
Defines formula settings that will be valid for all documents.
To access this command...
Open a Math document, choose Tools - Options - OpenOffice.org Math - Settings
Reduces or enlarges the size of the printed formula by a specified enlargement factor. Type the desired enlargement factor directly in the Scaling control, or set the value using the arrow buttons.
This makes no sense for a variety of reasons. First off, I have no option to open a Math document. Additionally, I see no such Tools > Options > Math > Print. I can only assume that Math is instead Calc, in which case I still see no such Scaling option under Print either.After much discussion, I got my answer which was
Format > Page > Sheet brings you to the print scaling options,A big duh! I looked there several times and never even saw the thing. Sheesh.
Still though, I was upset about the bad advice the help files were giving. There is NO "Tools > Options > Math > Print" at all!
So I surfed around and found that there is an author's group for OO. They say
We are a group of volunteer reviewers, writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, and translators producing documentation for OpenOffice.org Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress, and Base.I'm not exactly sure this is the group that I need to belong to. They have a mailing list and for now I'm lurking on it. We'll see how that goes.
In any case, I really have a ton of ideas on user help for OO. I wonder how open they are for suggestions?