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Bug 67669 - Make narrow non-breaking spaces visible
Summary: Make narrow non-breaking spaces visible
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsDevEval
Depends on:
Blocks: Formatting-Mark Authors
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Reported: 2013-08-02 12:28 UTC by Olivier R.
Modified: 2020-08-04 21:49 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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2013-08-02 12:29 UTC, Olivier R.

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Description Olivier R. 2013-08-02 12:28:17 UTC
At the moment, non-breaking spaces can be distinguished from common spaces by their grayed background.
But there is no such thing for the non-breaking spaces which are still invisible.

See screenshot attached.

I suggest to display narrow non-breaking spaces with a lighter gray than the one used to show non-breaking spaces.
Comment 1 Olivier R. 2013-08-02 12:29:28 UTC
Created attachment 83540 [details]
spaces in Writer
Comment 2 Olivier R. 2013-08-02 12:30:11 UTC
But there is no such thing for the _narrow_ non-breaking spaces which are still invisible.
Comment 3 Jorendc 2013-08-02 22:07:33 UTC
Hi Olivier,

THanks for reporting. Probably easy to do, but I can't find it for now: How to add a narrow non-breaking space. I know a non-breaking space can be added with ctrl+shift+space ... not sure how to do a narrow one :).

Kind regards,
Comment 4 Olivier R. 2013-08-02 22:42:57 UTC
AFAIK, there is no easy way to type this character with LO. You have to use the Insert Character command. U+202F NARROW NO-BREAK SPACE.

But I can easily add this character with my keyboard.
And now French users can easily add this character with the “text formatter”, an extension for LO I wrote to help users to format texts according to French typographic rules. (Section Encodings)
Comment 5 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2013-09-14 07:25:51 UTC
Changed status to NEW as it is an Enhancement request.

Best regards. JBF
Comment 6 Gordo 2015-06-24 15:28:51 UTC
As a workaround, copy it from the special character dialogue and put it in a user field.
1. Insert -> Fields -> More Fields -> Variables tab.
2. Under Type, select User Field.
3. Give it a name and paste the special character into the value field.
4. Click on the check mark to add it to the list
5. Insert and Close.
Now it can be reused and hovering over it in the text displays the name.

Windows Vista 64
Build ID: f784c932ccfd756d01b70b6bb5e09ff62e1b3285
Comment 7 Pierre C 2016-06-25 11:52:48 UTC
No Way to have an easy-hack her ?
From my point of view, it should be mostly a copy-paste from normal non breaking space...