[Libreoffice-qa] Automatic Formatting _Underline_ /Italics/ *Bold* -Strikethrough-

Heiko Tietze heiko.tietze at documentfoundation.org
Sat May 2 06:14:50 UTC 2020

You are not alone. But the idea was rejected in the past.

Disable autocompletion/autocorrect by default

AutoCorrect need alternative for handling use of keyboard input of apostrophe as apostrophe (rather than single quote) 

(and other)

On 02.05.20 03:56, Marc Paré wrote:
> Someone on a list other than LibreOffice pointed out that the initial
> settings in AutoCorrect are set with the following formatting
> feature-default of, when you type:
> _CausesTextToBeUnderlined_  /CausesTextToBeItalicized/  
> *CausesTextToBeBold  -CausesTextToBeStruckThrough-
> As I would see this more of a formatting "feature" and not of a
> formatting "correction", I wonder if the initial user-default with these
> switched ON makes sense. To me, such a "feature" would be best
> rationalized as a feature one would offer to a user wishing to use
> keyboard alternatives to the conventional Ctrl-B, Ctrl-U etc switches.
> I wonder if, from a regular user point of view, it would make better
> sense to have the initial settings in "Tools-->AutoCorrect-->AutoCorrect
> Options-->Options" set with these switches OFF (default). This would
> then mean that, should a user start typing a URL such as /home/test,
> that user would not continually have to battle to rid him/herself of the
> "home" being formatted into an italics "home" and not being allowed to
> complete the URL without being formatting before typing the complete
> line as is. I would argue, that, setting the switches to the OFF
> position as the LibreOffice default, would return a format that one
> would expect when typing any stings such as /home/test etc.
> Having these switches turned ON as the LibreOffice default, from the
> point of view of a regular-user wishing to adopt the LibreOffice suite,
> returns a behaviour that is NOT expected, and, raises the level of
> frustration a little more as to deciding whether to adopt the suite or
> expecting to trouble-shoot an issue where the result goes contrary to
> what one would expect.
> I wonder if we could re-consider the ON-default and leave these switches
> to the OFF position?
> This would then give a better result of, where more-advanced-users,
> wishing to adopt the LibreOffice suite, and, wanting to expand
> formatting switches, being pleasantly surprised that these switches
> exist (a positive reaction), rather than what we presently have, where,
> a regular-user wishing to adopt the LibreOffice suite, experiencing the
> unpleasant auto-correction switches formatting text in a way that is not
> expected (a negative reaction) and making that user doubt his/her choice
> of LIbreOffice adoption.
> Leaving new-LibreOffice adopters with a good impression, with very few,
> if any, complaints would seem to be a good goal; making the initial
> default to the OFF position, in my opinion, a good change.
> Marc

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