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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 118968] No tab stops in Writer HTML documents
Date Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:56:18 GMT

--- Comment #4 from orcmid <> 2012-02-23 23:56:18 UTC ---
I did some experimentation with a Writer document that used default tabbing in
its layout.  I have confirmed Regina's observation with the following details:

Writer does not preserve layout produced by tabbing when it saves a document as

The reporter is also correct that Microsoft Office Word does preserve such
layout, and that layout (along with many other features of the original
document) is also recovered when such an HTML document is re-opened in
Microsoft Office Word.  (For this experiment, I opened the original ODT in Word
2010 and saved it as a single HTML document from there.)  The layout in [X]HTML
is accomplished using CSS styling and special spans containing literal spaces. 
The correct recovery as a Microsoft Office docuemnt is aided by special-purpose
comments embedded in the [X]HTML that depend on details specific to Microsoft

It is interesting that the tabbed layout will also be preserved if the
Word-produced HTML is opened in OpenOffice Writer.  The layout is not recovered
as the result of tabbing however.  That is not to be expected, of course. 
There are other peculiarities when Writer opens such an HTML.

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