Issue 74841 - associate paragraph formatting with paragraph mark
Summary: associate paragraph formatting with paragraph mark
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2007-02-24 22:23 UTC by mosta
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:38 UTC (History)
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Description mosta 2007-02-24 22:23:07 UTC
In some other word processors, paragraph formatting is associated with the end
of paragraph mark. In order to copy formatting to another paragraph, one may
select the mark of the model paragraph, copy, select the mark of another
paragraph, and paste. This is faster than creating a style, and one may not want
to define a style every time they use any variation in a document. (Also, Writer
does not make it easy to select paragraph marks. Double clicking behind the mark
does not select it. Click and dragging left to right does not select it either.)
So far I know, no way to copy paragraph formatting without defining a style in OO.
Comment 1 mosta 2007-02-24 22:24:12 UTC
Sorry, meant to have enhancement selected, not defect. 
Comment 2 michael.ruess 2007-02-26 08:55:01 UTC
Reassigned to requirements.
Comment 3 utoddl 2007-09-20 20:37:18 UTC
This particular problem is not just an enhancement request; it's a fundamental
design flaw that has plagued OO.o from day one. Sad, but a large number of the
issues tracked here are either a direct result of this design flaw or an
indirect result of the hacks necessary to work around it. You can't select a
paragraph, copy and paste it somewhere else and preserve its formatting sanely.
Lots of operations that are simple x/c/v actions in other programs turn into
arcane sequences of adding a sacrificial blank paragraph, doing the obvious
thing, then removing the temporary paragraphs. The same selection under cut,
copy, and paste, may behave differently depending on how the selection was made,
all because the formatting of the paragraph is not stored in the paragraph mark
(figuratively speaking of course).

The whole "delete a P-mark and the leading para's format wins/backspace a P-mark
and the trailing para's format wins" thing is... cute, but it's seriously
flawed. Removing a P-mark should have one consistent consequence. Then a whole
lot of other weird emergent problems simply evaporate, and a lot of special-case
code can evaporate with it.