I have produced an updated version of the above chapter and it is ready for review (in Nextcloud). Dev has kindly volunteered to perform the Documentation Team's first review.
The chapter has changed significantly since the previous version (see below). It would be very much appreciated if one of our Base experts could skim through the revised chapter just to check that I haven't introduced any errors into the text descriptions of what Base does. (I'm not sure a Base expert needs to read through all the user interface interactions - any problems there should be picked up during the Documentation Team's normal review cycles).
Reasons why the chapter has changed significantly include (but may not be limited to):
1. I felt that we should provide a more coherent introduction for
novice users, consistent with the guides for other LO components. In
particular, answering some of the general queries about Base that I
was initially unsure about and providing a brief overview of Base's
2. I didn't like some of the overly negative points about Base; surely
their inclusion as previously worded wasn't a great marketing
strategy. These have been toned down without hiding any specific
problems that might be encountered.
3. There was a need to anglicize the text and figures and correct some
of the confusions that may have arisen during the translation from
German to English at an earlier issue.
4. Captions were needed for the many figures that previously had none.
(All figures have been replaced with a consistent set captured on my
Please also note:
(a) The changes were not automatically tracked by Writer - there were far too many changes for this to be worthwhile or manageable.
(b) So far I have made no effort to minimize wasted white space by moving figures around. In my opinion, this would be nugatory effort and should be carried out later in the publication process.