When editing documents and wanting to have a strong control over formatting, I've found Microsoft Word's style guides feature highly useful.
Here's a screen shot of the feature in use, found with Google Images:
Implementing it could 1) Provide useful functionality 2) Make it easier for Microsoft Word users to adopt LibreOffice.
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Well, the automatic edit done on this report is wrong. I wonder for how many which this is true.
It is true for ~700 Status changed to NEW
*** Bug 50516 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Hello LibreOffice Developers,
This functionality/feature enhancement request, if implemented, would significantly contribute to the migration of users from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice.
The synchronised Style pane is one of the most useful features of Microsoft Word, and is extremely handy for debugging the meta-structure of word documents - a 'logical structure debugger', if you will.
Please refer to the equivalent feature enhancement request for OpenOffice, and the commentary therein:
This is what the synchonised style pane looks like in Microsoft Word:
One could also envisage a page element panel as well, displaying page, section, header and footer characteristics, synchronously.
Part of a fully general, *synchronous*, dockable, multi-pane 'logical structure debugger'.
It would be the cat's miaow, the ant's pants, the bee's knees and the banana's pyjamas, in no fixed order. :-)
Thank you for your attention.
Changed some bits...
Thank you very much Florian.
It will be removing a major disincentive to migrate from MS Office.
With the implementation of experimental Sidebars functionality, in LibreOffice 4.1.0, from the IBM Lotus Symphony Office codebase, it might have become easier to implement this feature.
The sidebar does have a style panel, however it is not the functionality provided by the microsoft style area as previously described.
Given that the Sidebars work in single page view, would there not be the possiblity of having both left and right sidebars (either none, XOR, or both)?
If so, could not the microsoft functionality be implemented in a right sidebar?
On the road to a fully optioned logical (meta-)structure debugger. :-)
Thank you for your attention, LibreOffice developers.
Dear Libreoffice Developers,
Admittedly a "bump".
However this link provides a neat summation of the "Reveal Code" functionalities of Microsoft Word (and WordPerfect), including the "Style Area", which is the specific functionality of this feature request:
A fully fledged "Logical Structure Debugger" integrating the best from Word and WordPerfect, and eclipsing both, for Writer would contribute strongly to the uptake of Writer from Word users, in particular.
Thank you for you attentions.
I like the idea of having a visual indicator in the document margin to give a visual feedback of the applied style. Makes it easier to format the document. However, it's not necessary to copy Microsoft, so I changed the summary a bit.