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On 02/14/2012 11:17 AM, noibs wrote:

Frankly, I view the elimination of visible margins as part of the dumbing
down of user interfaces that I'm seeing in Mac OS Lion, Ubuntu 11.10, and
now LO.  It's the "let's make it pretty to look at even if if compromises
the usefulness" school of thought.  Clearly, LO Writer is not as pretty to
look at with margin guides showing.  But, for me, it's more useful. 
C'mon--this is a "View" menu option if there ever was one.


From what I gather, it was/is based on a Microsoft Word & OpenOffice 'me
too' design:

[Document Margin Design]
--> <>

Maybe also of interest:
[libreoffice-design] [Info] Whiteboard page for Special Indicators in
Writer (Header / Footer, Document Border, Page Break)
[Some ideas to improve the look & feel of LO]
[same thread - different format]
[Libreoffice-ux-advise] Header and Footers separators design
(looks to be the initial start of the change)

Unanswered request on the Design list:
[libreoffice-design] Text boundaries like 3.4.x

I tried searching for a bug report about the change but couldn't find
one. I'm surprised that a change like this doesn't have one. The only
thing I could find is:
[Bug 31251 - [EasyHack] Make the default page look better ]
But that seems to be only related to the entire page background/shadow.

FWIW: I agree that this is a regression & that a user option to turn the
margin lines on/off should be added. I'd recommend filing a bug report
so that the issue gets documented & into the report system.


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