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On 2020-07-21 22:21, Brian Barker wrote:
At 01:16 21/07/2020 -0400, John Kaufmann wrote:
You sent me to do something I should have done before asking the question: examine a hex dump of an ODT content.xml file. I see 
what you mean about "no codes": A paragraph is just a text string between XML bounds <text:p ...> and 
</text:p>, and a line break (inside the paragraph bounds) is just <text:line-break/>.

Actually, I don't think they are even that: those are just how they are represented in Open Document Format. Remember 
that documents files can be saved from LibreOffice is other formats too. I think what you have in the editing window at 
the end of a paragraph is defined not by how it will be represented in any saved file but by its properties in the 
window - in other words, what you can do with it and how you do it. And the answer to that is simply a "paragraph 
break" and a "line break".

You are right, of course: one of those "other formats" is plain text, which gets us back to the 
<CR><LF> ASCII codes, which is where we came into this discussion. I agree with your paradigm -- that a 
paragraph (or tab, or other construct) is what you see in the word processor, not the representation of that construct in 
any particular file format -- but I'm just stuck expressing myself in a former paradigm.
This may take time. :-)


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