Issue 82318 - Suggest: add a mask feature to writer
Summary: Suggest: add a mask feature to writer
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Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: formatting (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.3
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: needmoreinfo
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Reported: 2007-10-05 17:03 UTC by charlax
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:37 UTC (History)
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Description charlax 2007-10-05 17:03:31 UTC
It would be useful to add a mask feature related to format of page. But I understand that it would requires 
a lot of work!

Such a feature would be nearly the same as the one implemented in Impress. And why not, it could be 
shared between Writer and Draw...

It would require to move the Header and footer feature to "View", and then add in this View menu "Mask". 
It would be a good thing to find a way to link it with the page format.
Comment 1 eric.savary 2007-10-08 00:16:31 UTC
What do you mean exactly with "Mask feature"?
What is it good for? How can it improve Writer?
Comment 2 charlax 2007-10-08 07:23:34 UTC
In fact, I would like to create a newsletter with a wallpaper, but it seems it is impossible to put a wallpaper 
for the whole page. It only applies to the text zone (i.e. excluding the margins). That's why I thought of a 
mask, in order to be able to put this wallpaper.

And then I tried to think of ways to improve this idea. It makes use of page mask, you can create such 
page (for instance for a newsletter, there is a page with two columns, one with three) and then use the 
placeholder (like in Impress in fact, yet you can't use specific placeholder in Impress) to put some 
graphics, some text (for instance the table of contents).
Comment 3 michael.ruess 2007-10-08 12:11:10 UTC
Yes, I see. Page Background graphics in Writer cannot fill the whole page - only
the text area. this is currently handled in issue 16181 and 9370.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 16181 ***
Comment 4 michael.ruess 2007-10-08 12:12:12 UTC
closing duplicate.
Comment 5 charlax 2007-10-08 12:30:37 UTC
Yes, I find this issue relevant and I have voted for it.

But wouldn't it be interesting to implement this mask feature and make it unified for OOo Draw, 
Spreadsheet and Impress ? The placeholder idea is for me interesting. It could simplify somehow the 
generation of a newsletter for example. And it would be a great innovative feature for OOo!

Using the masks would be useful for advanced formatting. For example, when creating a newsletter, you 
could use the first page mask, replace the placeholders "title", "image", "table of contents" with whatever 
you want, then add a "two-columns+frame" page, then replace the placeholders...
Comment 6 michael.ruess 2007-10-08 14:45:03 UTC
Well, problem is that Writer is a Word Processor - not a DTP application. So
this Mask feature cannot just be unified with Impress' ones...
Comment 7 charlax 2007-10-09 10:10:10 UTC
Yes, I understand your point. But in the mean time, don't you think that such a feature could be applied to 
a word processor, and significantly enhance the capatibilities of OOo ?