[Libreoffice-ux-advise] to duplicate an existing style

Regina Henschel rb.henschel at t-online.de
Sat Sep 10 06:18:19 PDT 2011

Hi Astron,

Astron schrieb:
> On 8 September 2011 16:33, Rafael Rocha Daud<rrdaud at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Hi Regina, Astron, all,
>> Em 07-09-2011 18:07, libreoffice-ux-advise-request at lists.freedesktop.org
>> escreveu:
>>> Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2011 23:06:34 +0200
>>> From: Regina Henschel<rb.henschel at t-online.de>
>>> Subject: Re: [Libreoffice-ux-advise] to duplicate an existing style
>>> Hi Astron,
>>> Astron schrieb:
>>>>>>>   I guess, that adding "Copy" to the page styles will be easier than
>>>>>>> adding a
>>>>>>>   linking feature. But I have not examined the code.
>>>>>   Could it be a good idea to just copy Scribus's behaviour [1]? It gives
>>>>>   you buttons for
>>>>>   [New]     [Clone]
>>>>>   [Import]  [Delete]
>>>>>   where "New" always creates a new empty style (that is, a copy of the
>>>>>   default style)  and "Clone" creates a copy of the currently selected
>>>>>   style (btw, I like "Duplicate", as initially proposed by Olivier, much
>>>>>   better as a name for the button). Inheritances can then be defined
>>>>>   later on.
>>> You need inheritance from the beginning to fill the fields with the
>>> inherited values. That there is no visual distinction between inherited
>>> and set values is a different problem.
> I am not sure I get this completely, Regina.
> # I think it would be quite possible to just copy the entire default
> style when using [New]. Also, of course, every style created via [New]
> would then inherit from the default style I suppose, every style has
> to depend on something).

That depends on the kind of style. Currently Page styles and List styles 
have no inheritance at all, so "New" always generates a totally new style.
The Paragraph, Character, and Graphic styles know inheritance. But there 
you can set the link to -none- which gives you a totally new style.

So we have the possible behaviors
(1) Generate a totally new, independent style
	The question is, from where it gets its settings. I see extreme ways
	(a) Use only default settings, nothing in organizer
	(z) Use an existing style and set all properties as own settings in the 
new style. Very full organizer.
	Perhaps something in between
	(m) Copy those settings from an existing style, that are not equal to 
(2) Generate a child style, which has no own settings in the beginning

Kind regards

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