Issue 8900 - Option to disable "use printer metrics to lay out document"
Summary: Option to disable "use printer metrics to lay out document"
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.0.1
Hardware: PC Windows 2000
: P4 Trivial (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2002-11-01 20:58 UTC by eamon
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:33 UTC (History)
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Description eamon 2002-11-01 20:58:28 UTC
Changes in formating accross print drivers

If you create openoffice document with one print driver and then switch to 
another the formating can change esp. flow accross pages and tabs.

This is especially evident with A4 document containing tables (I will email if 

Happens when switching between distiller/pdfwriter 4/fax(inbuilt into w2000) 
and most other drivers i.e. generic postcript, hp drivers etc.

Also noticed this bug in staroffice 6.0 (with patch). I seem to remember older 
versions of word doing this.
Comment 1 caolanm 2002-11-04 09:28:15 UTC
OOo is a WYSIWYG editor, if you change the printer driver then you
have changed the printer, and if the new printer will lay out text
differently than the older printer, then OOo will show you what it
will look like printed on that new printer. So its meant to happen,
and not a bug. 

It is true that new versions of word have by default a compatability
flag unset to not "use printer metrics to layout document", which
seems to imply that if you print from a new ver of word that you might
not get what you see on screen. And this is one of the issues that I'm
suspicious about in relation to different layout of word and writer.

So what we would be looking at here is a similiar option to disable
using the current printer driver and instead use some sort of "ideal"
printer driver. And obviously it would be perfect to be able to
duplicate word's ideal printer. I've made this into an enhancement
suggestion along those lines.
Comment 2 bettina.haberer 2003-03-17 14:56:53 UTC
Thank you for this issue. I had to change the prio accordingly , as
prio 1 only makes sense in cases as e.g. crashes, freezes, data loss
or makes it impossible to create documents. 

Comment 3 eric.savary 2003-04-16 15:32:40 UTC
Set to "NEW"
Comment 4 caolanm 2003-04-16 15:43:12 UTC
cmc->bh/qa: This has actaully been implemented for 1.1Beta2. So this
one is done and possible to close.
Comment 5 ace_dent 2008-05-16 02:39:32 UTC Issue Tracker - Feedback Request.

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Comment 6 bettina.haberer 2010-05-21 14:49:37 UTC
To grep the issues easier via "requirements" I put the issues currently lying on
my owner to the owner "requirements".