The ‘Ribbon’ interface Microsoft introduced with Office 2007 provided an innovative approach to the use and layout of toolbars in applications.
Following the release, OpenOffice toyed with the idea of creating a similar ‘tabbed toolbar’ concept for use with its own office suite. Whilst the mock-ups and discussions never bore much in the way of fruit for OpenOffice the idea of a ‘ribbon’ for use in open-sources apps hasn’t been abandoned.
The project is only “half way there” at present, but George told us that it should be “100% completed” within a month or so, at which time the source code will be released.
Work so far
Being built on open standards, and being open-source itself, the ‘Ribbon control’ looks the same in a web-browser on Linux as it does in a web-browser on Windows: -
The aping of anything linked to Microsoft will irk a minority, but the beauty of freedom means if you don’t like something you don’t have to use it. Personally, I look forward to seeing what kinds of web apps make use of George’s Ribbon control.