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Subject [Bug 120958] New: Changing Paragraph Style Mistakingly Changes Individually Formatted Text, If ...
Date Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:43:00 GMT

          Priority: P3
            Bug ID: 120958
           Summary: Changing Paragraph Style Mistakingly Changes
                    Individually Formatted Text, If ...
          Severity: normal
        Issue Type: DEFECT
    Classification: Application
                OS: All
          Hardware: All
            Status: CONFIRMED
           Version: AOO 3.4.1
         Component: formatting
           Product: word processor

While working on a programming book using writer, I have lost hours of hours,
because of the following behaviour of writer:

-> If paragraphs (copied via the clipboard from html writer where the
programming code can be copied with its syntax colorized to writer) contain all
characters formatted exactly the same way (e.g. text is in comment color, light
grey), then changing in writer the paragraph style to a specific one (named
"code box", with background color etc.), then all such text gets mistakingly
reset to the default formatting of the new paragraph style!

This has occurred for many instances (real big PITA!) as I processed more than
160 code examples, where comments, single word statetements and the like (all
in their own paragraph) got reset. As a result, I had to go through all such
copied parargraphs and see whether the syntax coloring has survived, and if
not, manually re-colorize it!

As I plan to write another programming book, I would really appreciate it a
lot, if this behaviour could be fixed such, that changing a paragraph style,
does not automatically change the formatting, if characters got formatted
individually (i.e. different from the default formatting of the source
paragraph style). 

If the user desires to change the formatting of all the characters to the new
paragraph style's default formatting, then this is easy enough: highlight the
paragraph, right-mouse-click and pick "Default formatting".

[P.S.: Also when copying text from the "html writer" via the clipboard into
writer will force a manual page break, that switches to the HTML page style.
This is totally unexpected and cumbersome as well, as I had to go through all
160+ code examples, place the cursor in the first line, get to the individual
paragraph settings, text-flow, and remove the "insert" manual page break there.
Due to the incredible effort this turned into another PITA for this book

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