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Open Source for the Enterprise by Gautam Guliani, Dan Woods

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Capabilities

Table B-2 shows a grid of the major desktop functions and the key capabilities that every desktop solution should provide.

Table B-2. Desktop requirements

Desktop function

Key capabilities

Graphical desktop environment

Consistent look and feel

Standardized menu and toolbars, keybindings, and color schemes

Integrated help system

Internationalization support

Plenty of useful applications

Word processing

Ability to generate simple office documents such as memorandums and business forms

Option to generate complex office documents with embedded spreadsheets and charts and tables

Sophisticated style sheet support

Auto correction and spellchecking

Template support

Spreadsheets

Ability to generate simple formulae, charts, and statistics

Ability to include the options for conditional coloring of cells and data display customization using various fonts

Presentations

Ability to insert and edit rich text

Support for complex layouts of media objects

Functions for playing presentations with transitions and other effects

Publishing tools for exporting presentations as HTML to a web site

Database management

Small database management tools

Mail merge

Web browsing

Availability of a standards-compliant rendering engine (HTML 4.x, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript)

Full support for safe and secure web browsing (HTTP 1.1, SSL)

Ability to support rich multimedia (Flash, streaming media such as RealNetworks and Windows Media)

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