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On 18/08/2013 at 23:51, Mike McCallister <> wrote:

Really? You want to be able to write a 20-page PARAGRAPH? I'm not sure 
even James Joyce would have been up to that task. Now show me the person 
who's going to read it!

I heard that in some countries it is actually legal requirement that 
stenography from court case is to be written without any paragraph breaks.
And even if this is not true, there is no point in turning limitation into 
strength. LO Writer does not allow paragraphs longer than certain size, 
period. If this limitation has been discovered, there was someone that 
actually needed longer paragraphs for whatever reason.

I think custom language might be somehow valid point, too. Maybe not entire 
language, but definitely wordbook. If you write a novel, you don't want you 
character names to be underlined by spell checker. But when you write article 
to local newspaper, you want the same words to be marked as mistakes.
So there is need for different wordbooks and ability to disable them on the fly. 
I am not sure how LO handle that.

I wouldn't dare to create index in Writer, but then this is yet another 
limitation. Some people care about it.

So far, Urmas has some valid points. There are things that MS Office can do, but 
which LO can't. They might be corner cases, they might seem unrealistic, but 
someone somewhere might need them sometime. We should acknowledge them as 
limitations, because that's what they are. After all, no software is perfect.

I am not sure about "Normal view", because I do not understand what it is 
supposed to do and whether there is equivalent function in LO.
Best regards
Mirosław Zalewski

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