LibreOffice Icon Test: Where are the women?

More than 3000 users took part in the first two LibreOffice icon tests. The demographics prove us to have gathered reliable data.

What a vivid community! We asked the users of LibreOffice to take part in our Icon Tests and about 1500 participants joined each of the tests within a week. The first test used the Tango, the second the Oxygen icon set.

For the tests we used the tool tip of the icon within LibreOffice Writer as stimulus. They were presented randomly along all 24 icons (read more about the methodology of testing icons). In both test we asked the same demographic questions to be able to describe the population that took part.

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In total 1998 participants started the Tango test and 1493 finished it. This „responder quote“ of 74% is fairly high for an online study that takes some minutes. In the Oxygen study 2527 participants started and 1645 finished. The drop out of about 35% is still good for online studies.

The second study attracted more people because we got a contributor who translated it into Spanish (see Table 5 below). Next to this both studies were run in English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian and Polish. So if you want to help us to conduct the next survey in your language as well – and hence to increase your cultural impact – just drop me a mail.

The population of users is about equal in both studies. Most users are below 40 years old as you can see from Table 1.

Table 1: Age distribution

AgeTango (in %)Oxygen (in %)
0-2079
20-304453
30-402724
40-50139
50-6064
60+22

Where are the women?

Table 2 shows the typical bias towards a male population in free software surveys. If you have any idea how to get a better ration here, please use the comments to share it!

Table 2: Sex distribution

SexTango (in %)Oxygen (in %)
Female23
Male9897

In Table 3 you can see that users use Writer and Calc on a very frequent base. Impress still gets quite high ratio of usage but the other applications Draw, Base and Maths are only used rarely

Table 3: Usage of LibreOffice Components

Usage ofTango
(mean; 1=never, 5=daily)
Oxygen
(mean; 1=never, 5=daily)
Writer3.823.79
Calc3.323.17
Impress2.212.28
Draw1.891.86
Base1.431.47
Math1.651.75

The typical user we reached uses a Linux Machine. Table 4 lists the details.

Table 4: Usage of operating systems

OSTango (in %)Oxygen (in %)
Windows2117
Mac OS43
Linux (KDE)3642
Linux (Gnome)3635
Other34

LibreOffice all over the world

Last you can see in the rather lengthy Table 5 that we got feedback from over 100 countries. Here you can see how much more users we got from Spanish speaking countries in the Oxygen test, proving how important localisation of the tests is.

Table 5: Countries of origin of the participants

CountryTango (No. of participants)Oxygen (No. of participants)
Afghanistan2
Albania1
American Samoa1
Andorra11
Argentina14106
Armenia1
Australia1211
Austria1416
Belarus71
Belgium2126
Bolivia2
Bosnia and Herzegovina21
Bouvet Island1
Brazil3531
Bulgaria1
Cambodia1
Canada3020
Chile636
China33
Cocos (Keeling) Islands1
Colombia449
Costa Rica25
Croatia3
Cuba24
Czech Republic1612
Denmark3528
Dominica1
Dominican Republic5
Ecuador8
Egypt1
El Salvador117
Estonia23
Ethiopia1
Fiji1
Finland812
France10557
French Guiana1
French Polynesia2
Germany179172
Gibraltar1
Greece45
Greenland11
Guatemala5
Honduras3
Hong Kong11
Hungary129
Iceland21
India106
Indonesia62
Ireland32
Israel445
Italy24135
Jamaica1
Japan1611
Jersey1
Kazakhstan1
Kenya1
Latvia42
Lebanon12
Lithuania63
Luxembourg11
Macedonia11
Malaysia2
Malta1
Mauritius1
Mexico795
Moldova22
Morocco11
Netherlands1837
New Zealand33
Nicaragua2
Niue1
Norway53
Panama15
Paraguay1
Peru16
Poland2630
Portugal188
Puerto Rico4
Romania116
Russia204237
Saudi Arabia1
Serbia12
Singapore1
Slovakia32
Slovenia109
South Africa42
South Sudan1
Spain31179
Sri Lanka1
Sweden1913
Switzerland199
Taiwan3
Tanzania1
Thailand21
Turkey117
Ukraine3746
United Arab Emirates1
United Kingdom5548
United States8065
Uruguay18
Uzbekistan11
Venezuela15
Zimbabwe1

Conclusion

As always it’s surprising how agile the LO community is and how many people participate in such tests. With a distribution of users like we have reached, we can split data on several parameters and still have enough values for valid evaluations.

The corresponding values in both tests are a strong indicator for the gathering of representative data. Still, it would be good to mobilize female users for the next tests. We are convinced there are more female users of LibreOffice out there.

Join with your expertise

As always: If you are interest in the raw data, simply join the LibreOffice project on UserWeave and add your own thoughts and findings in the comments.