Issue 122975 - "Apply Style" box just shows base style, not other attributes
Summary: "Apply Style" box just shows base style, not other attributes
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 14022
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: formatting (show other issues)
Version: 4.0.0
Hardware: All All
: P3 Normal with 2 votes (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2013-08-08 03:47 UTC by CodeLurker
Modified: 2017-05-20 10:13 UTC (History)
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Description CodeLurker 2013-08-08 03:47:52 UTC
If you create a new document in Writer and type some text, the text is in the "Default" style.  If you then bold some of the text, the "Apply Style" toolbar box still says "Default" style.  In M$ Write, the corresponding box will say "Default + bold".  I find this very useful - particularly in cases when you are working on an OCR or other document that may have subtle formatting differences that might not be especially noticeable to causal proofing.  It is handy to just click on the text, putting your cursor there, and know any changes from a given style.

It is conceivable that some people may not want this (but who would not want to be alerted to differences from a style?).  Thus, it might be an option, or a different toolbar widget.  I do not think it is a good idea to be able to select text and have to choose something in order to see subtle differences in formatting.  I'd like to see a more extended description of its style + formatting just by clicking the cursor; for when you have a document that requires extensive work of this kind.  I am aware that the M$ box sometimes has much longer text than it display.  Perhaps a toolbar widget with a user-specified width could better M$; or else dock that could be resized.

This is a feature that is been in M$ Office since 2004, if not sooner; that never made it into OO before Apache.  Here's hoping someone gets around to addressing this long overdue oversight.
Comment 1 Edwin Sharp 2013-08-08 07:03:33 UTC
The text itself and the bold icon reveal text is bold.
If "Default + bold" is also needed, create this style.
Instead of applying bold to Default style Change style to "Default + bold". The result will be the same.
Comment 2 CodeLurker 2013-09-25 06:48:02 UTC
This fails to immediately inform the user that what he is looking at is, e.g. Default+expand 0.3pt vs. Default.  My enhancement request does not deal with how to get Default+bold, but how to know at a glance that the formatting has changed.  It is a request for a display of information, not how to create a style.  The new sidebar automatically selects what style you are using, and you can see what attributes in addition to the base style you have.  It does take up a lot of desktop real-estate, however; especially for those of us without HD displays.  Thus, my request is to have a display of attributes in addition to the base class on the toolbar, for those situations, not in which you wish to create some effect, but in situations where a heavily-edited document may or may not have the cursor on text that is adequately described by simply displaying the base style in the style box.

I do not consider this request to have been adequately addressed by this quick dismissal.
Comment 3 CodeLurker 2013-09-25 06:49:16 UTC
I am attempting to mark this as unconfirmed, since no other status I can select seems appropriate; although it is easily confirmable.
Comment 4 CodeLurker 2013-09-25 06:51:05 UTC
BTW: M$ Office has had this since probably 2003 or so.
Comment 5 Edwin Sharp 2014-04-09 19:53:54 UTC
Duplicate bug

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of issue 14022 ***