Bug 46024 - [RFE, FORMATTING] Allow creation of floating paragraphs
Summary: [RFE, FORMATTING] Allow creation of floating paragraphs
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: Other All
: low enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Paragraph Writer-Styles-Paragraph Writer-Enhancements
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Reported: 2012-02-14 01:53 UTC by Nicolas Mailhot
Modified: 2017-06-09 14:17 UTC (History)
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Description Nicolas Mailhot 2012-02-14 01:53:40 UTC
It is very common to put some special text inside a frame or with a special background to the right, the left or the middle of the document

In that case the text behaves like a picture

It should be possible to add a float property to paragraph styles (with a width) to allow clean handling of such cases without needing to add a frame manually that breaks the editing workflow

That would also improve compatibility with html import/exports

Floating could also be used to implement the kind of document, that uses a large left margin, and puts section titles there (next to the section text, not over the section text). This is common in huge technical or legal documents :

2.1.1 Section title   The section text continues to the right of the title
      is here         and not under it like it's usually done
Comment 1 Joel Madero 2012-08-07 14:52:25 UTC
I am going to confirm that this is an enhancement request but I want to let you know that in my opinion it's very unlikely that this will be implemented any time soon. Our team is stretched really thin and because there is a "normal" workaround (ie frame that you can use), the difficulty of implementation, and the number of users who would benefit, it's going to be marked as a low priority. I know that these things are subjective but with thousands of bugs on the list I hope you understand :)

I'm not even sure how we could implement it so that it's easier to use than a frame but I'll leave that in the hands of one of the developers if/when they see it. Thanks for reporting and please continue to help us improve LibreOffice :)
Comment 2 Nicolas Mailhot 2012-08-19 08:27:29 UTC
Thank you

There is no 'normal' workaround, frames are hell to use except in toy documents with a handfull of titles only

This RFE intends to make it a paragraph style property, which *is* a lot easier to use (and change) than frames that all need manual positionning