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On Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:28:18 -0400
"Paul D. Mirowsky" <> dijo:

It might also be possible to use a "Customize" style of "Bullets and 
Numbering" with Paragraph styles.

The problem is that the position of each item in the first and second
lines changes with each gloss. I started just using tabs, but the tabs
were set in Writer > General to 1.25cm, which frequently made a lot of
white space between each word.

I finally figured out a workaround. I made a paragraph style (cleverly
named 'Gloss'), where I stipulated tabs at the width of an 'l' in Times
10pt. I created enough such tabs to allow me to tab all the way across
a long line, although it would take many, many tabs. Now I can adjust
the spacing between items on the line with tabs so that an item on the
first line is aligned with its counterpart on the second line, making
them both start at exactly the same position. My tabs stay at 1.25cm
throughout the document and become very narrow only in text where I
have applied my Gloss style.

I started this quest hoping there would be a feature in LO to do this,
but eventually realized that there was no such feature. On the other
hand, I did discover an extension that adds tools for linguistics. The
extension requires standalone programs, which I installed, but I
haven't figured out yet how to use them. It looks like one of the tools
might do what I'm trying to accomplish here, and without tabs.

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