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At 13:41 09/11/2015 +0000, Malcolm Moore wrote:
Is there a guide ( or knowledgeable person ) that can show the pros and cons of frames v text boxes.

I'm guessing you mean in an ordinary text (Writer) document - in which case LibreOffice calls these "text objects", not "text boxes". A text box is something you can insert into a form.

A guide? There are probably a few:

o Create examples of each and use the Format or context (right-click) menu to investigate what is possible with each.

o Look up "frames" and "text objects" in the help text.

o Look up "frames" and "text objects" in the Writer Guide.

A knowledgeable person? That's probably not me, but I'd suggest that text objects may be useful for the odd piece of disconnected, displayed text, whereas frames are a much more flexible way to handle blocks of text. In particular:

o Text objects can be rotated, whereas frames appear not to have this facility.

o Frames - and their names - show up in the Navigator, which provides additional functionality.

o Frames have their own category of styles, and - as with all styles - frame styles allow you to format multiple frames identically and indeed to modify your choices very much more easily and reliably.

o Frames can be given hyperlinks.

o Frames can be protected and can be hidden.

o The printing of frames can be suppressed.

o Frames can be linked. This powerful facility allows you to distribute a single body of text between different parts of a document - even on widely separated pages - but still have the text flow naturally between the frames in a chain as you modify the text.

I have always generally used frames but ex Word users seem obsessed with text boxes and end up getting themselves in a terrible pickle !

Do you need to educate them?

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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