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I mentioned "irritations" in another post, so thought maybe I'll give one explicitly, as I've bumped into it (afresh) this week.

Why are text styles not available to use within text boxes?

I have a small project (I'm using Draw, but the problem also exists in Writer and presumably the other components) that involves documents with a number of text boxes with formatted text within. There's no problem manually making chunks of text within each box bold/italic/large/wierd font/whatever.

However, I'd like to use styles to ensure consistency, and this appears simply impossible - only one style, the box style, is available (in Draw, but not Writer!) and that affects all text(*) within the given box. In Draw, the stylist simply doesn't offer paragraph or character styles; in Writer, they're greyed out when inside a text box.

The maddening thing is that styles (automatically generated) are clearly used internally to handle the [manual] formatting -- AFAICS it's just the interface that doesn't offer the knobs and twiddlies needed.


(*) other than text to which the user has applied manual character formatting.

Mike Scott (unet2 <at> [deletethis]
Harlow Essex England

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