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Hi :)  
I have quite enjoyed a lot of this discussion.  I think a lot of the issues can't be fixed by the 
word-processor without blocking us from being able to mess around with stuff to give it our own 
personal flair.  

For example i tend to double-space at the end of sentences but if i was forced to do that and given 
no choice then i would resent it deeply.  When i get on my bike to go home from work i could always 
turn left to go out across the fields and down to the river and maybe a pub and i quite fancy doing 
that but somehow almost always turn right and go home.  If i was forced to always do one or the 
other i would resent it.  It's having the choice that is important.  LaTeX deals with some of these 
issues but by doing so it restricts people's possible choices.  

Another thing is that i tend to find that almost any "final document" produced by MS Office looks a 
bit shoddy and cheap.  There is always something that has gone a little wrong that we just have to 
put up with.  By contrast documents produced by LO just look so much more professional and polished 
that maybe we expect a bit too much from it sometimes.  A tool that can blatantly never get the job 
done, like Word, is forgiven minor issues more easily than a tool that is almost perfect, like LO.  

Regards from 
Tom :)  

From: Virgil Arrington <>
Sent: Wednesday, 21 August 2013, 1:01
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: Can't find setting

On 08/20/2013 06:01 PM, William Wells wrote:
While there is no ISO or equivalent, there are a lot of

In the US:  The "real" expert (in the US) on this subject
seems to be
the Chicago Manual of Style.  It sets forth what Publishers
desire/want/will not accept unless it complies with
regarding submissions.

Brits have The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors and
Publishers among others, and the EU has its own Style Manual

Oh, and for students, there is the "Elements of Style".

There are Academic Styles, Styles for Medical writing ad

So, the devs could lose many hours sleep trying to
generate a program to cover all eventualities.

I think there is a difference between a style for submitting a 
manuscript to a publisher and a style for final publication. I 
understand many publishers want manuscripts submitted in double spaced 
type, which they would never use when actually publishing the book. Our 
discussion has been more about good final product than initial submissions.


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