Issue 52242

Summary: Math Formula recognition from regular text
Product: Impress Reporter: jkarcz <jsk29>
Component: editingAssignee: AOO issues mailing list <issues>
Status: CONFIRMED --- QA Contact:
Severity: Normal    
Priority: P3 CC: elish, hchiper, issues, jes, laurent.zmn
Version: OOo 2.0 Beta   
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: All   
OS: All   
Issue Type: FEATURE Latest Confirmation in: 4.1.0-dev
Developer Difficulty: ---

Description jkarcz 2005-07-20 22:55:48 UTC
Currently inserting an equation takes many steps, and
placing equations properly in text is difficult.

I think a big improvement would be to allow the direct
conversion of text into an inline equation.  The steps would

1.  Write some text in, say, a list.  Among the writted text
    is markup for an equation.

2.  Highlight the equation markup

3.  Execute, either from the menus or from a keyboard shortcut,
    a "Convert to Equation" command.

The result should be an in-line equation, embedded properly at
the correct position in the text, with a size, color, etc.
appropriate for the current text style.

A few of us have been trying to prepare equation-heavy presentations
using Impress, and we think it's very close to being easily usable.
The equations look good, and the command set is so close to latex
that it is easy for people to learn.  The only impediment is that
entering equations currently takes far too many key/mouse strokes
compared to TeX, in which only dollar signs ($) on either side of
an equation are necessary.  Allowing conversion of highlighted text
into an inline equation would significantly reduce the amount of
work necessary to produce equation-heavy slides.

(Sorry if this is a duplicate...  I haven't been able to find a
similar bug report / RFE.)

Thanks for the good work!
Comment 1 wolframgarten 2005-07-21 07:50:12 UTC
Comment 2 ace_dent 2008-05-16 00:21:36 UTC Issue Tracker - Feedback Request.

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Comment 3 Edwin Sharp 2014-04-21 18:45:56 UTC
Confirmed with
AOO410m17(Build:9763)  -  Rev. 1586584
2014-04-11 09:13 - Linux x86_64
Comment 4 oooforum (fr) 2015-03-25 14:23:36 UTC
*** Issue 126204 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 5 Joe Smith 2015-04-02 15:02:29 UTC
This is already (mostly) possible:
Enter the formula markup, select it, menu: Insert > Object > Formula. The selected markup is converted to the embedded formula object without starting the OOMath UI.

A menu shortcut allows this to be done from the keyboard. For the English menus: Alt+iof

It would be nice if this could be assigned to a direct shortcut key/combo.
Comment 6 laurentz 2015-05-02 08:11:08 UTC
Thanks for your reply, Joe.

But I was not asking how to insert a formula into a presentation.

Instead, I was asking if it is possible to anchor a formula as a character (in the same way it is possible within Writer).

Presently, it seems the only possibility is to have formulae anchored to the page, with many layout problems as a consequence (see the sample file I provided).