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Bug 103249 - Enhancement: convert all footnotes to endnotes at once (and/or vice versa) plus additional conversion options
Summary: Enhancement: convert all footnotes to endnotes at once (and/or vice versa) pl...
Status: NEW
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Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
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Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
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Blocks: Footnote-Endnote
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Reported: 2016-10-15 18:18 UTC by Joss Brown
Modified: 2019-03-27 21:21 UTC (History)
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Description Joss Brown 2016-10-15 18:18:39 UTC
Description:
The option to convert all notes in one shot would be a great feature for authors or typesetters with documents that contain a lot of footnotes or endnotes. It is very easy to do it manually, in the case of odt files by unzipping contents.xml from the .odt, then just changing the note-class instances accordingly, e.g. with the sed command, then updating the odt with the zip command. (For fodt files it's even simpler to do.) So I assume it would be comparably easy to implement it into LibreOffice Writer. There should also be a couple of sub-options:

(1) Exchange footnotes and endnotes
[This would change all footnotes into endnotes, and all previous endnotes into footnotes]
(2) Change footnotes into endnotes and merge with existing endnotes
(3) Change endnotes into footnotes and merge with existing footnotes
[Sub-options 2 & 3 would require renumbering.]

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Comment 1 Joel Madero 2016-10-16 05:14:29 UTC
Fine enhancement request.

For a workaround: https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/5341/is-there-a-way-to-convert-all-footnotes-to-endnotes-and-vice-versa/

Thanks for the suggestion. Just a heads up that volunteers tackle enhancements so there is no guarantee that this will ever be done. Someone would have to find it interesting enough to deal with.
Comment 2 Joss Brown 2016-10-16 14:22:35 UTC
Thank you for the quick reply. I understand the development situation, and it's not pressing for me. I have created a little workflow that will do the conversion, if I need it: https://github.com/JayBrown/nnConv (Will try to add docx support as well, but that format is way crazier.) The workflow is macOS only, so in the end a LibreOffice Writer in-software solution would be better for all users.
Comment 3 Joel Madero 2016-10-16 15:58:44 UTC
(In reply to Joss Brown from comment #2)
> Thank you for the quick reply. I understand the development situation, and
> it's not pressing for me. I have created a little workflow that will do the
> conversion, if I need it: https://github.com/JayBrown/nnConv (Will try to
> add docx support as well, but that format is way crazier.) The workflow is
> macOS only, so in the end a LibreOffice Writer in-software solution would be
> better for all users.

Fantastic. If you're ever in the mood to swing into our chat to say hello - always looking for new hands to help out with the endless task of triaging and finding bugs :)

http://webchat.freenode.net/?channel=libreoffice-qa