On 12/19/2012 11:18 PM, Brian Barker wrote:
I thought I had seen something about this some time ago either on
this mailing list of the A00 mailing list. The topic was "Register
true". If you do a web search you may find the entire thread.
At 00:14 20/12/2012 +0800, Nobody Noname wrote:
... there is a thing that, if we cannot strictly to define as a BUG,
is, at least, a "defect" regarding the right typography. I mean the
behavior of footnotes versus the text body contained in subsequent
pages. professionally formatted books, look like this [...] as you
can see, footnotes (last footnote) are perfectly vertically aligned
with the last line of text in following page, while if we insert a
footnote in OpenOffice/Libreoffice, this is what we get [...] an
horrible difference between footnote and last line of body text that
result not aligned that makes appearance of documents with footnotes
Each page has an area within its margins where text may appear. If
there is not sufficient space for a further line at the bottom of a
page, it will be carried over to the next page, possibly leaving a
small amount of unused vertical space within the text area of the
page. If different pages have different type sizes or different
paragraph spacing - or even just a different number of paragraphs -
the bases of bottom lines may well not match up. In the case of your
example, the spacing and the rule before the footnote and the reduced
type size of the footnote itself all add up to mean that there can be
no guarantee that the bases of the bottom lines will match up.
In order to correct this problem, you need to make small alteration to
details of one or other page. It may be that you can remedy things by
changing the bottom page margin slightly - but if you do that for the
page style of the whole document, you are likely to introduce similar
problems on other pages. The simplest solution may be to increase
slightly the line spacing on the second page.
if making this enhancement is not too hard, it will be a great step
toward dtp for LibreOffice
It's not clear what you want to happen here. Do you want the line
spacing on your second page to be increased slightly so as better to
fill the page? Or do you want the space before the footnote to be
increased? Or both of these? Or, if (as would be usual) you had more
than one paragraph on each page, would you want the paragraph spacing
to be adjusted to suit? Or some combination of all these?
It's worth mentioning that you are comparing your word processor
results with - as you say - the appearance of a professionally
produced book. In that case, a quite separate process - "layout" - is
carried out after the text is finalised. This is done is layout
software, not in word processing software. Any modifications to the
text - even minor ones - after this would potentially upset the
appearance, so this is done in the final stages of production. And I
doubt whether this is ever completely automated, in fact: rather, I
imagine that expert user of layout software makes minor adjustments to
achieve the sort of smart appearance that you crave.
So you are asking for OpenOffice or LibreOffice to become layout
software as well as word processing software. I have no idea whether
its developers would wish to do this.
I trust this helps.
To do this, you must change the Page style for your document.
1. Open the Styles and Formatting window using F11 to do so.
2. At the top of this window, click the Page Style icon. (4th icon from
the left). The list of page styles appear.
3. Right click the highlighted page style. (If you are not using a
custom page style, this will be Default .)
4. Click the Page style.
5. It is in the Layout settings section (bottom right).
6. Click the box labeled "Register-true".
7. Click OK.
This is the setting that printers use to make sure the lines of
adjacent pages line up.
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