Bug 119395 - Make configuration for new documents depending on locale settings (eg. metric vs. imperial units)
Summary: Make configuration for new documents depending on locale settings (eg. metric...
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: Templates Page-Margins User-Locale
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Reported: 2018-08-21 02:19 UTC by mkflan
Modified: 2018-10-19 18:41 UTC (History)
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Description mkflan 2018-08-21 02:19:20 UTC
I know there is another bug with this that is set to "RESOLVED WORKSFORME", but there is something that I have not seen considered in the previous discussion, and this is this:

When one downloads LibreOffice / LibreWriter in the United States, the default margin settings are .79 " all around. As we all know, this is simply a conversion of 2cm, which is the default that was created for A4. 

You may argue that 2cm creates a good line-length on A4 paper - fine. But 8.5 x 11 is significantly wider than A4, and so has a significantly longer line-length that on A4 with the same margins.

What I'm saying is that margin width is really about line-length. What should be done is this: Whatever the decision about default *line-length*, that decision should apply to both 8.5 x 11 and A4. 

In other words, if you think 2cm on A4 makes a good default line-length, then find out what creates *the same line-length on 8.5 x 11*, and use THAT margin on 8.5 x 11 - don't just convert the A4 margin to 8.5 x 11. Because doing so is simply incorrect.
Comment 1 Dieter Praas 2018-08-21 06:55:49 UTC
(In reply to mkflan from comment #0)
> I know there is another bug with this that is set to "RESOLVED WORKSFORME",

Do you know, what bug it was? Perrhaps bug 87902? This information would make it easier to follow the discussion.
Comment 2 mkflan 2018-08-21 14:57:09 UTC
Yes, 87902.
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2018-09-11 06:12:45 UTC
Wasn't the problem here that we just cannot have 2cm for metric systems and 1" for imperial and the least common value is taken? So what we actually need are localized templates.
Comment 4 Cor Nouws 2018-09-12 15:40:29 UTC
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #3)

> ...  So what we actually need are localized templates.

I think that is the only desirable solution, yes.
Comment 5 Heiko Tietze 2018-09-13 08:46:21 UTC
It is desirable to have templates depending on locale settings. Surprisingly there is no such ticket but the opposite in bug 52238. So let's make this the master.