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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 3395] Reveal formatting codes
Date Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:17:35 GMT

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--- Comment #154 from orcmid <> 2012-04-15 16:17:35 UTC ---
It is amazing to me that this request has been here for 10 years and there is
no movement.  

 a. Some folks won't use OpenOffice until an equivalent of the Reveal Codes
function of WordPerfect is provided.  
 b. Occassionally, folks who understand how OpenOffice is tied to the
OpenDocument Format attempt to explain that doesn't use "codes"
in the manner of the historical WordPerfect format.  Its nothing so simple.

Stepping back, it is the case that troubleshooting a document might be assisted
if there were something comparable to WordPerfect's "Reveal Codes" but
appropriate to the use of ODF by OpenOffice-lineage software.  I've seen nasty
situations where formatting mysteries show up around fonts and styles, for
example, and it is very difficult to figure out where a conflict seems to be
occuring.  (One might be able to figure it out by inspecting the XML of the ODF
document, but that is not something expected of even power users of the

And, of course, we are talking here about providing such an extensive feature
absolutely for free, if one could find someone motivated to build it solely for
the satisfaction of it.

I have a couple of examples that might at least clarify how different the
situations are.  I wonder how many more years this request will still be here!

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