Unity Help lens 1.5 released with asklibreoffice and sumo (support.mozilla.org) scopes
At its first "global" implementation, Unity was received and perceived, by various users, as a "dangerous" approach oriented towards isolation, with specific built-in functionalities designed only for Ubuntu with a locally, internal targeted attitude.
The future that has passed and it is now the present time, clearly shows that, due to the developers' creativity, openness and real ability to innovate, Unity acts, through its potential, as a global place where countless online and offline resources can be pushed, organized and easily accessed by the user with a wide range (potentially limitless) of "topics" starting with one's accessed content, one's available music tracks to full-fledged lenses such as Graphic Design lens, Unity Help lens and much, much more.
Documentation is a critical factor in our lives, critical level that is proportional with one's interests, workflows and intentions, consequently, a user creating software needs in-depth up-to-date Ubuntu-related documentation, a newcomer "requires" basic knowledge about configuring an email client/adding bookmarks, a writer needs numerous informations related to writing tools, such as LibreOffice, a public speaker searches for tools like Impress, behaviors that stand on the ground of documentation.
Documentation is relative to one's intentions, meaning, there are users searching only for official documentation when dealing with important projects for various reasons (such as accurate informations) and, there are users, more focused on community-based knowledge for various reasons (faster response, accurate responses based on daily usage, mixed developers-testers answers, etc), approach implemented by the just-updated Unity Help lens, that draws a clear line between official and community documentation, thus setting easy barriers between the searched&found items that are to be accessed and used by users depending on their needs.
Similar to askubuntu (already provided by the Unity Help lens), asklibreoffice is an online place where question related to LibreOffice are to be asked with hybrid responses, from both users and developers, a helpful community-oriented zone.
Mozilla Support features a massive base of answers to Firefox-related issues, featuring a more official attitude.
Unity Help lens 1.5 has been released, introducing two new exciting scopes, asklibreoffice and sumo (support.mozilla.org), consequently, when words are typed in its search area, the lens populates its view with asklibreoffice and sumo-specific results.
The new 1.5 version comes with a more user-friendly approach, categorizing its sources (Ubuntu Help, ManPages, askubuntu, asklibreoffice, sumo) in
Official Help Documents (Help/Yelp and Mozilla support),
Community Help Documents (askubuntu, asklibreoffice) and
Technical Documents (ManPages), thus presenting itself with an optimized, properly structured interface built on top of
Actions (that retains the ability to easily navigates to predefined webpages).
How do we use Unity Help lens 1.5?
Open the lens and type a word in the search area, followed by clicking on the desired found item, action that will open it in its appropriate webpage via the default web-browser and/or its related Ubuntu Help page.
How do we install Unity Help lens 1.5?
Add the following official PPA (Precise, Quantal)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:askubuntu-tools/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-lens-help unity-scope-asklibreoffice unity-scope-askubuntu unity-scope-manpages unity-scope-sumo
then, restart the computer.
Bugs can be reported on https://launchpad.net/askubuntu-lens
Ideas are welcomed on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HelpLens
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