Issue 79861 - Unwanted empty paragraph if "New (text only)" autotext inserted
Summary: Unwanted empty paragraph if "New (text only)" autotext inserted
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 14 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
: 109876 123748 (view as issue list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-07-21 16:27 UTC by ooo
Modified: 2017-05-20 10:45 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

See Also:
Issue Type: DEFECT
Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---


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Description ooo 2007-07-21 16:27:17 UTC
There are two options when creating new autotext:
(a) New
(b) New (text only)
When inserting autotext into a document, the results differ with respect to a
final line break:
(a) no final line break
(b) final line break (end of paragraph break).

I suggest to change the behaviour of (b), i.e. to suppress the final line break
when reading the autotext into the document.

(1) same behaviour for (a) and (b)
(2) especially for short type (b) autotexts "snippets" it is much more
convenient to continue typing without interruption to delete the final line break 
(3) a series of type (b) autotexts can be inserted without deleting the unwanted
line breaks in between
(4) the present labels (a) and (b) for the creation of new autotexts, which do
not reflect the above mentioned difference could remain as they are (otherwise
the labels should be modified!)

Backward compatibility:
It is only a very little efford to get used to inserting a paragraph break by
hand for somebody who is used to the present behaviour of (b).

By changing just the reading of autotext type (b), there is no need to change
anything inside existing autotext files, where both types of autotext are stored  
with <text:p> and </text:p> tags.

Comment 1 michael.ruess 2007-07-23 08:37:47 UTC
Reassigned to SBA.
Comment 2 eric.savary 2007-08-14 16:13:58 UTC
Comment 3 jlpjlp 2007-11-10 18:03:52 UTC
*** Issue 79861 has been confirmed by votes. ***
Comment 4 eric.savary 2010-03-06 16:23:03 UTC
@OS: it seems that an AutoText saved as Text only will always end with an empty
paragraph. This is not intended.
Comment 5 eric.savary 2010-03-06 16:23:45 UTC
*** Issue 109876 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 6 mmartin_bln 2010-03-06 16:54:05 UTC
@es: Thanks for updating and classifying as DEFECT.
Comment 7 mmartin_bln 2010-03-06 17:39:57 UTC
Here some more thought after a little more investigation.

As I've described in Issue 109876, I'm simply trying to use "text only" Autotext to simplify inserting 
special space characters (HAIR SPACE and THIN SPACE) into text. Since I want those spaces to take 
the formatting of the text I insert them so, I chose "New (text only)" to create the entries. Now this is 
what we already had.

What happens is that a line break return is added to that entry, which I think is the defective 
behaviour here. This line break cannot be removed by editing the AutoText, it is re-inserted every 
time. I cannot think of a reason why this should be wanted. Needless to repeat it makes the function 
unusable for my purposes. This also means that only changing the reading of the AutoTexts ist not 
the way to go. It would have the advantage not to have to correct all AutoTexts having this unwanted 
line break manually, yes. But it shifts the defective behavior onto those cases where a terminating 
line break is actually wanted, for example when I would like to have an ellipsis character (or another 
glyph) at the end of a paragraph and I'd like to insert a succeeding line break as well.

However, I seem to have found a work around for until the issue is resolved.

Create a "normal" AutoText entry from whatever text you want. Do choose "New", not "New (text 
only)". The AutoText entry is created _with_ the formatting it had when it was created (paragraph 
style, character style, etc.)

Now edit that entry, setting all styles (paragraph, character, lists, whatever) to "Default". The 
highlight all text, right click on it and choose "Default Formatting". The AutoText is now stripped of all 
formatting and should behave like unformatted text. Save and close all AutoText dialogs. When you 
now insert the AutoText, it correctly integrates with all formatting of the target text, and it doesn't 
have the unwanted line break. I've tested it and it seems to work like you would expect "text only" 
AutoTexts to behave.

Hope this is of help for anyone.
Comment 8 pdxlooie 2010-03-16 13:15:18 UTC
It took almost 3 years to get this issue marked as a defect.  It should be obvious 
to anyone that uses autotext, that inserting boilerplate text strings should not 
default to always having a newline silently appended.  And, further, that you 
cannot even edit out the newline if you don't want it.  This defect renders "text 
only" autotext practically useless, since it only speeds up document production in 
a case in which an entire paragraph is being inserted.  The fact that it has been 
a known issue for so long, coupled with its negative impact on usability, should 
push this defect up toward the top of the list of bugs to be fixed.  
Comment 9 Regina Henschel 2013-11-25 21:37:25 UTC
*** Issue 123748 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 10 Marcus 2017-05-20 10:45:36 UTC
Reset the assignee to the default "".