[Libreoffice-ux-advise] [Bug 52225] Greek symbols default to non-italic, need additional control of the GreekCharStyle property

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Wed Jul 20 07:31:35 UTC 2016


--- Comment #15 from V Stuart Foote <vstuart.foote at utsa.edu> ---
(In reply to Takeshi Abe from comment #14)
> (In reply to V Stuart Foote from comment #12)
> > @Takeshi -- assume some your recent work on the formula editor will be back
> > ported?
> It has been already cherry-picked for libreoffice-5-2 branch.
> Running for libreoffice-5-2-0 now:
> <https://gerrit.libreoffice.org/#/c/27329/>, but is too late for RC3.

Thanks, that will be helpful.

> >  Also, what are your thoughts on default behavior to be set with
> > GreekCharStyle now that it seems to be functioning correctly?
> I think setting GreekCharStyle to 2 works again now and will be helpful as a
> workaround.
> At the same time, I am afraid if changing the default value of
> GreekCharStyle may cause confusion for some users.
> For example, given an .odf saved with the old setting, reopening it and
> changing GreekCharStyle via Expert Configuration cannot modify the value in
> the document.

Seems like our mode "0" with the OpenSymbol rework at OOo 3.3. caused a lot of
issues--encouraging direct entry of "%iSYMBOL" or {italic SYMBOL} formatting.

But then, the mode "1" alternative of all italics (for lower & upper case
SYMBOLs) has continued to function, but also had issues of needing to use
nitalic format.  

With return of  mode "2"--with lower case sybols to italic, and upper case
nitalic--we could really offer the most generally appealing/appropriate default
for handling Greek symbols in StarMath markup.

And if we were to set a mode "2" default, doing it now at the 5.2.0 release
would be the perfect time. It has been missing since 3.5 releases, and would be
reasonable as a reintroduced feature, coupled with a new default behavior for
the Formula Editor.

For handling existing documents, it looks like in
https://bz.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=113276#c12 Thomas Lange had provided
a basic script for converting the StartMath in existing documents to match the
selection made for GreekCharStyle mode. Expect it needs a little clean-up, but
something similar could be provided for users to offer a reformat of the
StarMath to match a change in mode of the GreekCharStyle property. Would avoid
a lot of hand editing of the content.xml of the OLE formuals or ODF Formula

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