On 4/30/2013 4:18 PM, Dave Liesse wrote:
As an end user, I'd like to ask one follow-up question to your third
point. This is an "I don't understand" type of question, by the way,
not a challenge.
Are you implying that if I want to, say, indent one paragraph with no
other changes, I should create a new style for that? Seems like a lot
of work since it can be done with one mouse clicks (or, if I ever get
around to learning how to create shortcut keys, one keystroke
combination) plus navigating to the paragraph.
Personally, I think this is the wrong way to approach the problem. I
would start with *why* you want to indent the paragraph. What a lot of
people do, without ever being conscious of it, is use visual appearance
to communicate structural information. I start with the structural
information (What is this object doing here on the page? What is its
purpose?), and then I can add any visual formatting to it that I need.
So if the indent is used to denote a quoted passage form another source
(a very common usage), I would create a style for the *quotation*, and
give it the attribute of indentation. And I would save it in my Default
Template because I'm pretty sure this won't be the last time in my life
that I need to do quoted passages. And if I have a long document with a
number of objects, I can change the appearance of the quoted passages
without affecting anything else. This is something the authors of the
Writer documentation really understand, but it is a new way of thinking
for most people.
Kevin B. O'Brien
A damsel with a dulcimer in a vision once I saw.
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