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Re: [libreoffice-users] Edit contour not working


On Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:53:41 -0400
John Kaufmann <kaufmann@nb.net> dijo:

>On 2020-06-11 00:06, John Jason Jordan wrote:
>> ...
>> I have a graphic on a page in Writer. The graphic is about 4cm wide
>> and about 10cm high, so I have aligned it left and set contour to
>> wrap right so that the text will flow down on the right of the
>> graphic. This works, but the text is smashed into the side of the
>> graphic. To fix this I tried Wrap > Edit Contour. ...
>
>If this is a simple rectangle (4x10), what happens when you just
>uncheck "Contour" and set Spacing:Right to whatever you want? (To
>begin, ignore Left, Top, Bottom, or just set them to 0.)

Thanks to everyone who replied, but nothing has worked.

It might help if I explain that the graphic is a set of three ancient
alphabets, each in its own column, with a fourth column containing a
transcription to a modern Roman character. All the characters,
including the fourth column are bitmaps; there is no 'text' as such
anywhere in the graphic. And it would be impossible to recreate it as a
table with text because the ancient characters don't exist in any font;
they were created from photographs of archeological materials.

I obtained this graphic originally as a PNG. When I couldn't adjust the
contour I used the GIMP to export it as a JPG, but that also failed.
Finally, I exported it as an EPS, but still no luck. Changing the
anchor to paragraph, page, or character makes no difference.

When I try to adjust the contour with the PNG or the JPG I see a faint
line around the right and left edges of the characters. The line jumps
in and out a bit, as the characters are all different, and the line
ultimately forms a sort of 'bounding box' encompassing all the
characters in the graphic. I can select this bounding box and even drag
it around, and I can also delete it. But I cannot change its size or
shape. And I have no idea what it is - no 'handles' on it. I can also
select the entire graphic in the edit contour window, which then gives
me a perfectly rectangular item with handles. But I can't do anything
with it - I can't move it, resize it, or change it in any way.

If I use the EPS version of the graphic there is no bounding box. I
can't select anything.

With any of the three versions of the graphic I tried all the tools in
the edit contour window, but none of them allow me to do anything
except the 'select point' tool. That allows me to select the entire
bounding box, which looks like it has a point at the rightmost and
leftmost of each character, but I can't do anything with any of the
points. All I can do is select all of them and stare at them.

The edit contour window also has a scroll box with '10%' in it as the
default. I tried setting it to different percentages, but I can't find
any way to make them cause any changes. The Help files don't mention
this scroll box, so I don't know what it is for. In fact, the Help file
doesn't say anything about any of the tools in the window.

I think this is a bug. In the meantime, in order to get the job done I
created a second blank graphic frame about 1cm wide and the same height
as my graphic and placed it immediately to the right of my graphic.
After setting text wrap to right for the new, blank graphic the text is
no longer smashed into the main graphic.

But there's something seriously wrong with the way the edit contour
window works, or fails to work.

I could upload my graphic if this list can take an attachment.

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Re: [libreoffice-users] Edit contour not workingRobert Gro├čkopf <robert@familiegrosskopf.de>
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Re: [libreoffice-users] Edit contour not workingJohn Kaufmann <kaufmann@nb.net>
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