Pedro Rosmaninho wrote on 10-06-15 13:41:
I guess it is controversial because there's a hostility of some LO users to
allow direct formatting of the document instead of resorting to Styles.
Therefore, some people consider that direct formatting should be hidden?
However, many users do prefer to use direct formatting and competing Office
suites provide easy access to direct formatting. I don't know why
developers consider this to be a wrong approach?
From a trainer and migration consultant perspective, I see the mess and
grief and productivity loss, along with interoperability issues caused
by direct formatting.
Making the access to direct formatting more difficult would just draw
people away from LO to closed source office suites.
So the challenge - where the issues are about - is to make working with
Styles more natural, visible. If that comes with the price of a _little_
worse availability of direct formatting functions, I think that would be
worth it. But maybe that isn't even needed, looking at the great focus
of UX to make the best of LibreOffice.
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