[Libreoffice-ux-advise] [Bug 118831] Vertical alignment default should be top, not bottom

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Tue Jul 24 12:30:21 UTC 2018


--- Comment #14 from Eike Rathke <erack at redhat.com> ---
(In reply to V Stuart Foote from comment #11)
> Question is if there is any technical reason that vertical align top can not
> be used as a default in LibreOffice, and if formatting for
> SID_ALIGN_ANY_VDEFAULT can be made configurable to allow users to set their
> preference.
If that would be configurable you'd also expect that opening the same
document in a different LibreOffice version or another application
displays with the same V-alignment, so the aligment will have to be
stored if different from bottom. Loading such document then with
a different alignment-default will have no effect because the stored
value would be top (for example).

Also, numbers probably should not be top-aligned per default.

> Default should remain to bottom to maintain legacy use and interoperability
> with Excel, but users could then set their vertical allignment to top, or to
> center, or to bottom in profile--probably done via Expert
> configuration--without requiring use of a template.
What would you expect if a default V-alignment document was loaded (thus
created with an application that has default bottom alignment) and the
user has set default top alignment? I'd still expect the bottom
alignment because that's how the document was created, so
document-locally switching the default to bottom alignment again. When
switching to top again and saving the document we're back at square one
above, but why expect switching a default (view) option altering the

I see no use in this "switch default behaviour" that would confuse more
things than it would solve as the actual use case here (align some cells
with text content of different length/height to top) can be easily done
by applying a top alignment style for the infrequent cases where
actually needed.

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