I'm using Writer Version: 188.8.131.52 Build ID:
70feb7d99726f064edab4605a8ab840c50ec57a on 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
There are numerous postings about this, but no responses that provide a
reasonable solution, so if anyone thinks this should be listed as a "bug,"
be my guest. I'll revisit the issue below:
I have a large Writer document that’s in “normal” (i.e. portrait)
orientation, but have many “landscape” illustrations to include; my
objective is to place them – rotated – on the pages where they appear, with
captions also rotated so they are easy to read when the book is rotated to
look at these illustrations.
For each such illustration, I’ve created a table with two rows and two
columns. The bottom row and the right column are narrower than their
counterparts. In this table I’ve placed an image of a document (which is in
another language, by the way) in the top left cell and, since it is a
landscape image itself, have rotated it so that it can be read by turning
In the top right cell of the table (bottom right when rotated), I’ve placed
a one line description of the image; using character attributes I’ve also
rotated this description ninety degrees so that it is easy to read with the
In the bottom left cell (which is, of course the top left cell when it is
rotated for viewing), I wanted to place a series of lines (i.e. paragraphs)
with translations of the key elements in the image. I have done this in
earlier documents using MS-Word, but there doesn’t seem to be any way of
accomplishing this in Writer.
The key here is that there are multiple paragraphs in the cell. If I use
character styles, all of the lines/paragraphs are run together and, actually
are placed in the opposite order. No amount of fiddling seems to cure this.
If I format the cell by setting Table Format | Text Flow | Text Orientation
to Vertical, this does exactly what I want to do EXCEPT that the text is
“Upside Down” when the page is rotated, and I can’t seem to locate any means
for reversing the vertical direction.
Since I can’t believe that Word can do this easily but Libre apparently
can’t do it at all, I suspect I’m just looking in all the wrong places, so
can anyone tell me how to accomplish this?
The previous postings about this seem to indicate that this is a common
issue, but the solutions (e.g. create a landscape page and set up new
headers and footers and such), while accomplishing the objective, just
strike me as far too complex to be useful (I have a lot of these
So, should this be considered a "bug" or perhaps an "enhancement request" or
has someone come up with a better approach?
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