[Libreoffice-ux-advise] Hiding/Showing the page breaks in writer

Olivier R. olivier.noreply at gmail.com
Thu Sep 15 16:23:22 PDT 2011

Hi all !

About hiding/showing the page breaks in Writer, we were 4 people to 
disagree with the idea of showing them only with the non printable 

Only 2 agreed with the idea.
And one of us agreed with both sides. ;)

(The discussion was on the French mailing-list.)

The text boundaries are useful informations. And the text is just 
unreadable with non printable characters. What’s the point of burying 
page breaks in an unreadable mode? The page breaks are major elements to 
understand a document structure, like text boundaries, and have more 
importance than whitespaces. That’s what we were saying.

My suggestion was :
- show the already existing almost unnoticable lines if the non printing 
characters are not displayed (like text boundaries),
- display the very shiny new page breaks with the non printing characters.

Displaying only the page breaks with the non printable characters would 
just make Writer just unusable and will hide the document structure for 
many of us who feel that it’s an important point to create 
well-organized documents.

Olivier R.

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