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"Sadly i don't fully understand which ones cascade from which."

I don't know if I understand exactly what do you mean by "cascade". In Writer, one can set the 
properties of a style as "dependent" from other style (Writer calls this "linked"). For example, 
"text-body" is normally dependent from "default". The wiser thing to do, I think, is to set the 
minimal common values in "default" and then make other styles depend from "default". For example: 
Set "default" to Liberation Serif 12 normal style, 1,5 space between lines, etc. Then you can make 
a "text-body" style dependent on (linked with) "default", but you add indentation for the first 
line of each paragraph. Again, you want the first paragraph after a heading without indentation and 
with a big capital first letter: you make another "default-dependent" style, let's say "first 
paragraph", with all these additional features.

That about dependency among styles. Maybe that is what you call cascading.

But it can also be an automatic shift of style once one changes paragraph, so one doesn't have to 
be manually swifting among styles all the time. Taking the same example. Imagine you have those 
"default-dependent" styles I explained above (and some other "heading-dependent" ones). You can 
tell Writer to sequence these styles in a particular order: you want that, once you have introduced 
a "Heading 1", the next paragraph is automatically set as "first paragraph", and then, the next 
one, as "text-body". You can do this by selecting the "Next style" on each style properties: in 
this case, "heading 1" will have "first paragraph" as "next style"; "first paragraph" will have 
"text-body" as "next style", and "text-body" will just have "text-body" as next, so each new 
paragraph after a "text-body" one will remain "text-body" styled.

Now, both of these operations I have described are easily done through the style manager: press 
'F11', right-click on the desired style and left-click on "Modify". In the dialog that pops up, 
select the "Organizer" tab, and there you have both the "linked with" and "next style" boxes.

My advise is to set some minimal style for the default and do not actually apply it directly on 
your text, but create linked styles with richer features. Thus you will assure coherency (since all 
styles are dependent on "default"). Same thing  for headings: apply a font-size to "Heading", link 
all other heading styles to it and then modify the font size of each one relatively, if you wish. 
But do not actually apply "Heading" style to the document: use the linked "Heading 1", "Heading 2", 
etc. instead.

Anyway, everything is quite clear here:

Hope this helps.

 De: Tom Davies <>
Para: "" <>; Virgil Arrington <>; 
"" <> 
Enviado: Miércoles 21 de agosto de 2013 9:41
Asunto: Re: [libreoffice-users] A neat feature (base and related font sizes)

HI :)
I think the default font size is the font size of the "text-body" or "default" style used in the 
body text that is under the heading (hopefully)

Note that if you look through the various font sizes of the styles that are given as defaults then 
"Heading1" is already set as a percentage.  It's only "Heading2", "Heading3" and so on that would 
need changing from fixed sizes.  

Another neat trick is that all the styles cascade anyway.  So if you modify the relevant style then 
all subsequent ones change too, to stay relevant to the one you changed.  Sadly i don't fully 
understand which ones cascade from which.  clicking this link starts downloading the Pdf directly
Regards from 
Tom :)  

From: Tim Deaton <>
To: Virgil Arrington <>; "" 
Sent: Wednesday, 21 August 2013, 2:04
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] A neat feature (base and related font sizes)

Sounds interesting.  But where do you set the BASE font size?

-- Tim

On 8/20/2013 1:37 PM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
I always enjoy finding a new feature in LO, one that I never knew 
existed. That recently happened to me as was playing with paragraph 

One of the features I have always liked about LaTeX is the way in 
which the size of its headings fonts is tied to its base font with 
designations such as "Large" "Larger" and "Huge." If you increase the 
size of the base font, the size of the headings increases 

I never thought this could be done with LO as font sizes are expressed 
in exact point sizes. Thus, if I increased the size of my default font 
from 11 to 12 points, I thought I had to increase my headings, say, 
from 16 to 18 points.


I recently discovered that the font sizes of heading styles can 
expressed, not only in points, but as a percentage of the default font 

Let's say the base font size of your text font is 11 points and you 
want your headings to be twice the size. Instead of setting the 
headings style to 22 points, you can actually type 200% in the point 
size box. It will then always be twice the size of your base font size 
no matter what size you set the base font. (Make sure you do this in 
the Styles formatting dialogs and not in the direct formatting dialogs.)

I often change between fonts, some of which look best at 11 points 
(Century, Palatino) and some at 12  points (Times, Goudy Old Style). 
Now, I can change the base font size knowing that my headings will 
change correspondingly.

Just thought I'd share this for others who may be interested in a 
feature that may go unnoticed.


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