Issue 58728 - writing direction enhancement
Summary: writing direction enhancement
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: formatting (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: oooqa
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Reported: 2005-12-01 12:55 UTC by stadt
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:44 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Demonstration of text direction (9.30 KB, text/plain)
2007-06-17 04:44 UTC, ahung
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Description stadt 2005-12-01 12:55:27 UTC
In page setup there should be (like in Lotus Wordpro) 4 buttons to define
writing direction. Left > Right, Right > Left, Up > Down, Down > Up
Comment 1 Regina Henschel 2005-12-01 18:43:36 UTC
In OOo it is a drop-downlist "text direction" in the tab "page" of the
page-style. Why do you need buttons?
Comment 2 stadt 2005-12-02 09:19:50 UTC
The dropdown list is only visible if 'Complex Text Layout' is activated in
'Setup/Language'. Additionally the dropdown list allows only left > right and
right >left. If you activate additionally 'use asian language' you get right >
left (vertikal). 

Left > right (vertikal) as proposed is missing.

Both language settings are deactivated by default here in germany

Most users never would see the possibility to change writimg direction, would
never be aware that changing writing direction is possible in OOWriter. IMHO the
Lotus Smartsuite Solution (4 buttons in page setup, accessible by default,
independendly from language settings) is more user friendly. Changing writing
direction for everybody would allow more complex documents (e.g. for brochueres,

Another soulution could be that writing in frames allows to set writing direction.

Naturally I don't insist on 'Buttons'. The dropdown list for everybody and
additionally equipped with left >right (vertikal) would be sufficient too.
Comment 3 lars 2005-12-03 18:01:04 UTC
according to I 
reassign this issue to requirements and set the status to new
Comment 4 ahung 2007-06-17 04:43:23 UTC
Bugs in text direction support:

1.No User Interface to format the text direction of paragraph.  I can only find
Format -> Page which does it for the entire page.  Please refer to attachment
for an example.
2.Alignment (Left, Right and Centre) doesn't work properly for vertical text. 
The alignment is on a horizontal basis.
Comment 5 ahung 2007-06-17 04:44:46 UTC
Created attachment 45994 [details]
Demonstration of text direction
Comment 6 Mathias_Bauer 2007-12-04 12:37:20 UTC
following release status meeting -> target 3.x