Issue 89311 - Writer: Organize Ideas in a new Document
Summary: Writer: Organize Ideas in a new Document
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Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: viewing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.4.0
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Reported: 2008-05-11 17:45 UTC by discoleo
Modified: 2017-05-20 10:13 UTC (History)
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Description discoleo 2008-05-11 17:45:26 UTC
When starting a new text document (e.g. a novel, book, or some academic
article), users do not yet know all the details they intend to write.

It is difficult to write ''de novo'' something new, and it is useful to first
write down the critical ideas and expand them later as ideas accumulate and

The Outline View []
describes one possible workaround for this functionality.

However, that is a very crude and still limited feature.

As ideas come up, the users writes them down, e.g. outlining the chapters in a
new book, or the scenes in a novel. But he might want to change the order of the
chapters later, so he moves/shuffles the written ideas around giving them a new
order. He might want to delete some scenes entirely or insert new ones as the
story develops.

Instead of writing a single continuous-text document, the document will now be
split and grouped into functional components (e.g. chapters), and each 'chapter'
will be a separate document that can be moved around within the
*master-document* similar to the slides in Impress (only that we are dealing now
with text-documents).

This is an extension of the Storylines tool in Writer's Cafe:

These *chapters* would additionally benefit from the following options and features:
 - start every chapter on a new page
   [any page (even or odd) or force odd-page]
   flow text continuously
 - toggle view:
   -- flow all text within a single document
   -- view every chapter in a separate tab, see
     [it should be possible to name tabs more meaningfully]
 - automatically create TOC from the chapters
   -- even more complex TOCs: e.g. in complex books, where every chapter
      is written by a different author, you may want to add the author to
      the TOC entry
Comment 1 michael.ruess 2008-05-12 14:10:03 UTC
Reassigned to requirements.
Comment 2 Edwin Sharp 2014-03-14 13:56:34 UTC
File - New - Master Document