Bug 106556 - Add functionality that highlights all directly formatted text
Summary: Add functionality that highlights all directly formatted text
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 88058 120611 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: UNO-Command-New Formatting-Mark Writer-Enhancements
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Reported: 2017-03-15 18:49 UTC by Roman Kuznetsov
Modified: 2022-05-19 23:26 UTC (History)
15 users (show)

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Quick Mock-up (52.86 KB, image/png)
2017-03-17 12:15 UTC, RGB
Word - Show Direct Formatting Guides (515.69 KB, image/png)
2017-03-17 23:57 UTC, LibreTraining
Adobe InDesign - Find - Select Direct Formatting Characteristics (250.36 KB, image/png)
2017-03-18 00:04 UTC, LibreTraining
Adobe InDesign - Replace - Select Character Style (249.94 KB, image/png)
2017-03-18 00:06 UTC, LibreTraining

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Description Roman Kuznetsov 2017-03-15 18:49:03 UTC
Adding highlighting of manual formatting to make it easier look place, that can spoil view of document

Steps to Reproduce:
no steps, it is enhancenment

Actual Results:  
no highlighting of manual formatting

Expected Results:
highlighting of manual formatting

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:53.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/53.0
Comment 1 Buovjaga 2017-03-16 10:04:42 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 2 Roman Kuznetsov 2017-03-16 11:14:11 UTC
(In reply to Buovjaga from comment #1)
> How would this feature function?
> Maybe draw a sketch or something.

just highlighting by any color, that defined user, for example violet.

and need new option for activate this features

Comment 3 Buovjaga 2017-03-16 11:20:21 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Buovjaga 2017-03-16 11:20:55 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 Buovjaga 2017-03-16 11:22:06 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 Roman Kuznetsov 2017-03-16 11:29:51 UTC
(In reply to Buovjaga from comment #4)
> Or do you mean some menu entry "Highlight direct formatting"?

Comment 7 Roman Kuznetsov 2017-03-16 11:33:27 UTC
(In reply to Buovjaga from comment #5)
> What if there was an option in Find & replace to define "any direct
> formatted text"? Then "Find all" would show them to you highlighted.

no, it's bad idea, because i will delete manual formatting from one place, and all other place with manual formatting loses highlighting. need find it again

A individual function is better, IMHO
Comment 8 Buovjaga 2017-03-16 11:38:16 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 9 RGB 2017-03-17 12:15:04 UTC
Created attachment 131962 [details]
Quick Mock-up

While I agree that a way to show where direct formatting is is highly desirable, in my opinion the use of highlighting for that task is not a good idea because that automated highlighting will be easily confused with a real document formatting. Any system used to indicate where direct formatting is applied must be easily recognizable. See attached image for an idea.
Comment 10 Heiko Tietze 2017-03-17 16:17:46 UTC
I would go with the search approach. When highlighting the reference is not an option we could show the results in a sidebar deck as requested in bug 95405. See also bug 88489 for the enhancement request to highlight all results and bug 34390 about searching for styles.
Comment 11 LibreTraining 2017-03-17 23:57:08 UTC
Created attachment 131974 [details]
Word - Show Direct Formatting Guides

Word has a checkbox in the style sidebar to turn-on visual guides to show direct formatting.

The directly formatted text is highlighted with a light blue background and a darker blue outline. 

This is an extreme example to show what a formatting soup can look like.
Comment 12 LibreTraining 2017-03-18 00:04:21 UTC
Created attachment 131975 [details]
Adobe InDesign - Find - Select Direct Formatting Characteristics

After importing some Word-soup into InDesign you may want to convert these directly formatted pieces of text into character styles.

So you Find the characteristics, and Replace with a Character Style.

This is the dialog to select the characteristics to Find:
 - Font Family
 - Font Style
 - Size
 - etc.
Comment 13 LibreTraining 2017-03-18 00:06:20 UTC
Created attachment 131976 [details]
Adobe InDesign - Replace - Select Character Style

This is the InDesign dialog to select the Character Style for the replacement.
Comment 14 Buovjaga 2017-03-18 17:38:43 UTC Comment hidden (no-value)
Comment 15 LibreTraining 2017-03-20 20:11:39 UTC Comment hidden (no-value)
Comment 16 Heiko Tietze 2017-03-20 20:19:14 UTC Comment hidden (no-value)
Comment 17 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2017-05-21 01:22:22 UTC
I think the highlighting option would be the best options and it could be integrated into formatting marks or separately, so a user could easily toggle it on and off, as shown in RGB's mockup (attachment 131962 [details]) and Mac Word (attachment 131974 [details]).

Comment 18 Thomas Lendo 2018-10-15 19:24:26 UTC
*** Bug 120611 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 19 Timur 2019-01-03 09:15:29 UTC
*** Bug 88058 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 20 Timur 2021-02-21 18:50:07 UTC
Would be convenient if it worked in Style Inspector.
Comment 21 Heiko Tietze 2022-05-19 09:02:04 UTC
DF is covered in the Styles Highlighter proposal discussed on bug 38194. Whether via this complete solution or some special option, clear feedback about DF is crucial for well-styled documents. Removing UX keyword.