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Subject [Bug 119355] New: Making Page Breaks more visible and easy to modify
Date Tue, 15 May 2012 09:23:51 GMT

          Priority: P3
            Bug ID: 119355
           Summary: Making Page Breaks more visible and easy to modify
          Severity: enhancement
        Issue Type: DEFECT
    Classification: Application
                OS: All
          Hardware: PC
            Status: CONFIRMED
           Version: AOO340
         Component: ui
           Product: word processor

Created attachment 77545
Displaying page break more clearly and making them "interactive"

Writer shows page breaks (PB) with a line on top of next page's text area. LyX
shows manual PB with a line crossing the page on the insertion point with the
text "Page break" on the middle of it. These different approaches can be more
or less useful, but both are conceptually wrong:

PB are not about breaking pages, PB are about breaking *text flow* and sending
content to the next page.

So PB should be an attribute of the object (a paragraph, a table) that actually
breaks content flow. But the problem is only on the way on which PB are
*displayed* because "on the background" Writer already work that way: on the
paragraph format (both direct and style) or table properties we have a "text
flow" tab that allows us to define breaks, either before or after the object,
either with or without page style change. 

Considering all this, I believe PB should be shown on the same object that
creates the break, and on the object side where break occurs: this way, PB
display will be consistent with how PB work on Writer. 

Changing the way on which PB are displayed gives also the opportunity to make
them more "interactive" by giving to the user simple and "in place" tools to
modify them. 

See attachment for a simply mock-up and detailed explanation.

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