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John Pye wrote
 * Did you notice that the default for LibreOffice is now to have
   lower-case Greek letters in non-italics, even though basically every
   academic publication you'll ever see has lower-case greek letters in
   italics, and this can only be changed to 'normal' behaviour using a
   hidden 'advanced' setting?

Now there are two sets, one upright and one italic, so that you can 
write %beta and %ibeta and %BETA and %iBETA.

There exists an advanced setting GreekCharStyle with values 0,1 or 2.
Value 0 means: Write Greek symbols literal, those from set "Greek" 
upright, those from set "iGreek" in italic.
Value 1 means: Write all Greek symbols in italic
Value 2 means: Write large characters of set "Greek" upright and all 
others italic.
You need to restart LibreOffice after changing the value.

You can of cause force upright always with command nitalic, and force 
italic with command italic.

The default should be setting 2, consistent with normal publishing 
practice. But on new installs, last time I checked, the default was 
still 0 with is a poor choice for the default.

Mode 2 for italic lower case greek symbols has been set as the default, 
tdf#105483 <>  
was resolved for 5.4 with 
but the patch to use value 2 by default was rejected for backport to the 5.3

Until moving to a 5.4 build, users so inclined can set the "GreekCharStyle"
stanza with a simple search/edit in expert configuration.

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