The term "Migration Guide" seems to be used around the project to
refer to two types of documents. One is more a marketing document
providing guidance for people and companies considering changing from
Microsoft Office to LibreOffice. The other is more of a user guide
intended to help people who have been using MSO and need to learn how
to use LO. The latter is the guide that is mentioned in the Docs wiki.
It probably needs a different name to distinguish it from the
marketing document. It is, in a way, a followup to the marketing
document, but aimed very much at people actually using LO. They often
think "Oh, I can't do X with LO" when in fact they can but they
haven't discovered the different ways that LO does some things and the
different terminology used in a few places.

Back in OpenOffice 2.x days, we had such a document. Its contents list
could be improved upon, but the general concept I think is an
important one to help people make the transition. It needs to be
written by someone or several people who are familiar with current or
recent versions of MSO from a user's point of view, the terminology
used, and the placement of menus and toolbars for doing common tasks.

You can find the OOo book here:

David, I really encourage you to pursue this, though I understand that
you might want to start with something less ambitious.

Regards, Jean

On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM, David Virden <> wrote:
> I'm in El Paso, TX, USA (UTC-7). The documentation section on the website
> mentioned that they needed someone to create a Microsoft Migration Guide,
> which is where I got the idea. However, it might be wise to start slower. It
> looks like the How To section needs some work. I could write an article on
> how to create a newsletter use LibreOffice, as well as other how-to topics
> when they come to me.
> David
> On Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 7:30 AM, Italo Vignoli <>
> wrote:
>> Hi David, I think that your proposal is extremely interesting, although
>> I would connect it more to marketing than to documentation (as Jane has
>> suggested). What about having a hangout to discuss it, and put it in TDF
>> contest? I am based in Italy (UTC+1). Where are you based?
>> On 08/01/14 15:16, David Virden wrote:
>> > I'm currently a technical writer. I've been using Microsoft since its
>> > infancy and switched to LibreOffice a few months ago. I think it would
>> > be the easiest way for me to help, since writing it would help me learn
>> > the software as much as anything else. However, is there something I can
>> > work on that would be more beneficial for you guys? I can also do
>> > Spanish to English translations.
>> --
>> Italo Vignoli -
>> mob +39.348.5653829 - sip/jabber
>> skype italovignoli - hangout/jabber

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