Speaking at Fosdem 2011

This year I’ll give a presentation at Fosdem. I’m not sure which day yet, though.. Updates will follow. The presentation will be very technical: I want to show how easy it is to build a new, custom interface on top of the Calligra Suite core engine — using QWidgets, QGraphicsView or even Qt Quick, for viewing and editing of documents.

I don’t think there’s any other office engine/application suite that makes it not just possible, but even relatively easy, to reuse the canvas, the file conversion code and even the tools in applications. Calligra is beginning to become sort of the webkit of the office document world.

There’s a lot of interest and a real need for this sort of possibility: I know for a fact that apart from Nokia’s FreOffice/Calligra Mobile, there are at least four projects working on a new Calligra user interface, using various technologies, some of them generic, some of them focussed on a particular target group, like medical information systems.

I’m really looking forward to it, but it’s going to be a weird kind of weekend for me, though, since Irina will be doing KDE booth duty, like last year, and I don’t think we have ever been away from the kids together for more than a day since they were small and still had grandparents who could care for them for a weekend.