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I tried approaching this from the dialogs, and eventually gave up trying to
map it back to the spec.

However, when I found flat file format, I found that it's easier to
understand how it works by opening the .fodt files in a plain text editor,
and especially doing 'diff' style comparison between the same file saved as
flat file format before and after making only a couple changes to the
dialog in question.

However, pages are more complex than paragraph styles.  There's 3 (?)
different spots that changes to page definition reside in the actual xml,
and understanding their relationship is fun..

On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 4:29 PM John Kaufmann <> wrote:

I'm trying to understand what is contained in LO styles [which I know
changes according to style class (for Writer: Paragraph, Page, etc)]. To
simplify this question, I have decided to:
        (a) focus on a Page style (instead of the more complex Paragraph
style) to understand the principles;
        (b) limit the initial inquiry to the relationship between the
attributes defined in the tabs of that style definition and the attributes
summarized in the Organizer tab's "Contains" section.

For example, for a custom Page style "Booklet" (used for 7.5"x8"
folded/stapled booklets), the Organizer tab lists:
        8.5 inch + From top 0.5 inch, From bottom 0.5 inch + No header +
No footer + No grid + Text direction left-to-
        right (horizontal) + Page Description: Arabic, Portrait, All +
Booklet + Not register-true

"Contains" uses "+" [rather than, say, \n] to separate attributes. [BTW:
is there a better term than "attribute" to use here?]
In this case it lists 9 attributes (including the 2-part top/bottom
margins attribute and the 3-part Page Description attribute):
        - 2 (not all) attributes from the Page tab,
        - 2 attributes from other tabs;
        - 1 attribute defined in "Tools > Options > LibreOffice Writer (or
is it LibreOffice Writer/Web?) > Grid";
        - 2 attributes (Text direction, Page Description) defined nowhere
that I can find;
        - 1 attribute (the style name: "Booklet") defined in the Organizer
        - 1 more attribute (Not register-true) defined in the Page tab.

With the background provided by that example, I ask these questions about
the Organizer tab "Contains" section:
        (1) What is the significance of this section? Does it have any
formal significance or functional use?
        (2) Why does it list attributes not defined in the style?

[Any further questions would be clarified by the answers to those


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