Issue 32994 - Impossible to display micrometer in formula editor
Summary: Impossible to display micrometer in formula editor
Alias: None
Product: Math
Classification: Application
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1.2
Hardware: All All
: P5 (lowest) Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2004-08-14 10:51 UTC by quetschke
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:54 UTC (History)
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Bugdoc (10.04 KB, application/vnd.sun.xml.writer)
2004-08-14 10:53 UTC, quetschke
no flags Details
Sample document for testing (19.19 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2010-08-14 17:33 UTC, Joe Smith
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Description quetschke 2004-08-14 10:51:57 UTC
See the following document for the problem, it is impossible to display the
technical symbol for 1/1000000 m (micrometer) correctly in the formula editor:

* %mu is always italic and ignores nitalic
  (metrical units are required to be normal font, not italic)

* there is no possibility to remove the space between {%mu}{m}.

Micrometer is only an example to illustrate the general problem. This missing
functionality has a big negative impact on technical documents.
Comment 1 quetschke 2004-08-14 10:53:04 UTC
Created attachment 17137 [details]
Comment 2 Regina Henschel 2004-08-14 14:04:13 UTC
You can write units as text.
Use normal text to get the μ and transfer it via clipboard to the formula editor.
Comment 3 quetschke 2004-08-14 16:02:46 UTC
Yes, I can confirm that it works with the mu of the Times New Roman font.
In my first try I used the Symbol font, but that mu corresponds to an 'm'.

It would be nice to have the "Special Character ..." menu available from the
formula editor.
Comment 4 thomas.lange 2004-09-21 09:29:00 UTC
TL->BH: Having a 'Insert special character' menu entry like in sw seems to be
the best solution to this. Since that would be a request for enhancement I'll
assign this to you for decision.
Comment 5 bettina.haberer 2005-05-20 17:46:25 UTC
Changes the target and issue type.
Comment 6 ace_dent 2008-05-16 00:38:05 UTC Issue Tracker - Feedback Request.

The Issue you raised is currently assigned to 'Requirements' pending review, but
has not been updated within the last 3 years. Please consider re-testing with
one of the latest versions of OOo, as the problem(s) may have already been
addressed. Either use the recent stable version:
or consider trying the new OOo 3 BETA (still in testing):
Please report back the outcome so this Issue may be Closed or Progressed as
necessary - otherwise it may be Resolved as Invalid in the future. You may also
wish to search for (and note) any duplicates of this Issue that may have
advanced further by checking the Issue Tracker:
Many thanks,
Cleaning-up and Closing old Issues as part of:
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Comment 7 Joe Smith 2010-08-14 17:31:31 UTC
I believe this issue can be closed as FIXED due to updates in two areas:
Non-italic Greek in updated OpenSymbol font: Issue 113276
New nospace keyword included in OOo 3.3: Issue 109020

There is also a workaround independent of these updates: instead of a math
symbol, express the unit as a text constant and enter the mu as a character:
"μm" (U+03bc).

This workaround requires that your system provide some way of typing that
particular character, however, since OOo Math does not support the Insert >
Special Character function (Issue 14559).
Comment 8 Joe Smith 2010-08-14 17:33:01 UTC
Created attachment 71110 [details]
Sample document for testing
Comment 9 Joe Smith 2010-08-14 17:40:26 UTC
Oops--sorry. I missed the previous comments about using text "μm".