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On 15/08/2013 at 16:14, Holger Schmithüsen <> wrote:

However, this removal of unnecessary direct formatting is not very
appropriate, as I sometimes do have direct formatting (a subscript for

You can create subscript by applying character style to specific set of 
characters. Removing direct formatting will not remove character style.

But then, using styles for each and every change of formatting is sometimes 
tiresome (especially when style is applied to only one paragraph/character).

Is it possible to suppress Writer's behaviour of defining those
meaningless automatic styles? And if not, is it possible to get rid of
only the meaningless direct formatting, i.e. those <style:style>
elements, that do not contain any formatting attributes?

Not that I am aware of.

As for "why" (in topic title): this is rather advanced question and requires 
more knowledge about LO internals than most users here have. Perhaps you would 
have better luck asking this question on developers mailing list - they have 
better insight than us and might provide some useful information.

But I *suppose* that this is one of many artifacts back from OOo 1.0 or even 
StarOffice times. And since it is critical for entire software, no one has dared 
to touch it yet.
Best regards
Mirosław Zalewski

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