Issue 17960 - Users should have the option to create parallel (aka unlinked) columns
Summary: Users should have the option to create parallel (aka unlinked) columns
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1 RC
Hardware: PC All
: P4 Trivial with 24 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
: 77158 109523 (view as issue list)
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Reported: 2003-08-07 14:17 UTC by afrayer
Modified: 2017-05-20 10:44 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description afrayer 2003-08-07 14:17:07 UTC
Current columns are linked, flowing newspaper-style from one to the next. Some 
tasks require columnar content to be unlinked and independent, where the 
contents in column A should not flow into column B at the end of the page, but 
should continue in column A on the next page. Currently, the user does not have 
the option to use columns in this manner, and must use wild tricks with frames 
to provide a similar, but less useful, effect.
Comment 1 kschmir 2003-08-07 19:36:54 UTC
*** This issue has been confirmed by popular vote. ***
Comment 2 rblackeagle 2003-08-07 20:12:49 UTC
This might be implemented by permitting a "column sequence" consisting
of text frames that automatically reproduce and expand as text is
entered but moving from page to page without having to copy the frames
to each page.

Now, to do what is requested, two (or more) columnar frames are
created on a single page and then copied to however many future pages
are required as each is encountered (that is, as each new page is
generated).  This is a very convoluted way of doing what should be an
easy task.
Comment 3 h.ilter 2003-08-12 13:12:29 UTC
Reassigned to BH
Comment 4 g.marxen 2003-11-30 14:53:12 UTC
Paragraphs should be synchronize as in Story books (Drehbuechern) f.e.
by formatting with a certain paragraph style. 

Col 1       |   Col2      |  

para sty 1  | para sty 1  | 
              next paragr 
              next paragr 
para sty 1    para sty 1   
next p. 
next p. 
para sty 1    para sty 1 
and so on 

Guenter Marxen 
Comment 5 rmaris 2004-03-25 10:21:17 UTC
The parallel column behaviour (which is also not present on MS-Word, but on WP) 
can be established using a table with corresponding count of columns. In order 
to have spaces between columns, an empty, narrow column can be used (padding 
does not apply, because this would require an individual setting for each 
column). Of course, this approach also represents a workaround, but can be 
favoured over text frames, since new pages are generated automatically when the 
text extends.

The storybook behaviour can be accomplished by entering each paragraph in a 
separate cell of a table.
Until OOo V2.0, one MUST use cells for each paragraph, because OOo does not 
support page breaks within cells (see issue 2109).

Comment 6 materthron 2004-09-24 16:47:50 UTC
I just wanted to post a very similar issue when I came across this one.
So I'll post it here:
It would be very good to let the user specify how much space there should be
between the text and the seperator line (both from left and right).

I attached a mockup. Feel free to improve it or dismiss it ;-).
Comment 7 outolumo 2006-03-30 09:03:48 UTC
This feature would also be very useful to people working with translations, who 
would then be able to see the original text in the first column while writing 
the translation to another. 
In some cases the text being translated is provided in more than one language, 
so more than two synched columns would be useful. On the other hand this could 
be an awesome help in _creating_ interlinear texts. 
Comment 8 michael.ruess 2007-05-09 15:35:11 UTC
*** Issue 77158 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 9 bettina.haberer 2007-09-26 16:01:38 UTC
Hi Mathias, I have changed the current owner to your owner. Please take the
ownership of these enhancements.
Comment 10 scratchyboy 2010-02-22 22:38:37 UTC
Please transfer this to the updated link below, which gives much more detail on
why OO should add this feature, and how ... and its value to the community --
Comment 11 Regina Henschel 2014-08-18 15:53:58 UTC
*** Issue 109523 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 12 Marcus 2017-05-20 10:44:16 UTC
Reset the assignee to the default "".