Request: add to Writer's cross-reference dialogue the ability to associate a character style to the cross-reference field.
Use case: suppose you need to generate a PDF where you want all cross-references in a particular color, for example, green. Right now you need to manually apply the character style each time you insert a cross-reference field. An option to automate this would be very interesting.
(In reply to RGB from comment #0)
> Use case: suppose you need to generate a PDF where you want all
> cross-references in a particular color, for example, green.
For what purpose do you need to highlight cross-refs?
I'd like this, too. I have several PDF-Documents (mostly scientific articles or books) with cross-references (to tables, footnotes, literature)in a specific color. So you can easily see, that there is a defined link within the text.
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #1)
> (In reply to RGB from comment #0)
> > Use case: suppose you need to generate a PDF where you want all
> > cross-references in a particular color, for example, green.
> For what purpose do you need to highlight cross-refs?
To make them visible and easier to use. If you cannot distinguish at a glance which numbers are cross-references to pages and which ones are just numbers, then you are giving to your reader some extra work. As Dieter Praas indicates, the use of coloured links is not an exception, but an useful tool. In LaTeX you can easily set any link colour (or even set a box around them) with the hyperref package.
I was planning on requesting this as well. We can customize the automatically applied character style for URLs and index links - why not cross-references as well? I recently authored a 25 page handbook where I needed to make the cross-references stand out from the internet links, not to mention the surrounding text. I resorted to making a new character style and manually apply manually. This was especially irritating because you can't double click cross-references in order to select them.
I also support this enhancement request. For every field type it should be possible to assign an own character style with--like it's possible today in the TOC entries dialog tab for single structures. With that the user can use fine-grained formatting for specific field types all over complete documents.
So there seems to be some agreement on the idea. The question remains if binding character styles to fields is possible regarding the ODF specification.