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I'll just throw in that I've tested this  but found it didn't find to work
well enough to use, but that's about footnotes.. both placement and

However, I tested this method, I found that defining three columns provided
the control I needed for the gutter (area between the columns) better than
trying to manage the gutter within the LO interface. That is, I used column
2 for entering the gutter dimensions and tole LO to have no space between
columns, and the table display seemed to be less inconsistent.

I also found that during testing, it was much easier to keep the text in LO
Calc in 3 columns, and make edits there, then paste the entire document
into LO Writer as a table for formatting. This would make defining the
language very easy: Select the entire column and in tools --> language
choose the language for the column.

On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 1:25 PM Ulf Dunkel <> wrote:

A two-column TABLE seems to be a very smart solution for this. Thank
you, Harvey.

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Am 15.04.21 um 12:09 schrieb Harvey Nimmo:
I sometimes have to translate documents. So that I can see the
relationship of the texts I put one language on the right and the other
left on the page. For that I use a two-column table which works quite
well. Not sure if that is the most elegant solution for what you want.
Of course you can format each column as you want (e.g. with no table
borders), and the spell-check language can be set separately on each


On Thu, 2021-04-15 at 11:42 +0200, Ulf Dunkel wrote:
Hello everyone.

I would like to write a book in German and English in parallel and
the German text flow on the left and the English text on the right,
two columns of German on the left and English on the right. Is that
technically possible in LO Writer? I haven't found anything about it

Best, Ulf

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