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text folding, pretty please!!

asked 2012-05-12 05:16:34 +0200

MB Squared gravatar image

updated 2012-05-13 01:02:43 +0200

Request Summary:

For brain storming, outlining, studying, code writing, drafting documents, or helping the reader brief documents quickly, Folding text seems like a must! It makes those tasks (just for starters) a breeze. Please add folding text functionality to the next release or give advice on how to make add-on.

For folding text examples and explanation see:

  • Wikipedia uses text folding on their mobile site, notice it at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_folding
  • Wikipedia claims it is used in many modern "text ediotrs", but those are like word pad and notepad++ and are not anything like a word processor/desktop publisher .
  • wiki mobile-
  • Explanation of text folding: Text folding allows a user to collapse one or more characters, sentences, paragraphs, etc, so that (though still existing in the document) it is not visisble, but is instead represented by a simple symbol (like a "+" or a "{...}"). Clicking on that simple simble will expand the text.

Why am posting this request on this forum:

Have been waiting for this feature in a decent word processor, but have only found it in one lightweight mac program and in script editors. I really need it to make my word processor more useful: studying, outlining, coding, etc. Don't like having to switch to different programs to do one task. Also, the programs which already offer this feature are EXTREMELY poor word processors. Wan't a program that can do both.

Please make an extension/add-on to add this feature, advise how to make the add-on, or incorporate it into the next release.

Detail of features that should be added to Libre Writer:

  1. General Folding text (you know like in NotePad++) capability.

  2. Different Modes of toggling Folded Text: MarginSymbol and/or Inline Summary

    a. Margin Symbol - like NotePad++ (click plus in margin to expand, minus to fold)

    b. Inline Summary-. This method will show a customized summary item which represents the hidden text. The hidden text can be shown/expanded by right clicking on the inline summary item > then clicking the context menu option "show all". Collapse the expanded text by right clicking on the text > then clicking on the context menu item "show summary".

    Txt summary item may be either:    
     i.   PreDefined text (ex, "+", "note", "...", "Summary", a bullet).
     ii.  Auto Enumerated (ex "exhibit", "exhibit2", "par1", "par2").
     iii. Auto Summary of...
             text's First Paragraph,
             text's First Sentence, or
             until page full, but not ...
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answered 2012-11-18 19:58:54 +0200

Jean-Baptiste FAURE gravatar image

For enhancements propositions, please use : http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/bug/

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Thanks, I moved it to the appropriate section, but the formatting there is not as pretty... feel sorry for people who have to read it; so I gave them a link to this to read in rich text if they prefer.

MB Squared ( 2013-04-10 06:42:40 +0200 )edit

Related AskLO thread from May 2013 is: http://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/17127/display-hidden-text-when-a-title-is-clicked/ Related enhancement request is https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=47746

oweng ( 2013-07-25 04:50:20 +0200 )edit
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