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Is it possible to associate a List style with a Number range?

asked 2015-06-04 23:00:39 +0100

menturi gravatar image

updated 2015-06-05 17:37:23 +0100

In LibreOffice Writer, I would like to cross-reference a list item number without the before and after text. By using a list with the before and after text set, any cross-refences to an item in the list (Insert > Cross-reference > Cross-references > Numbered Paragraphs) appears with the before and after text.

One workaround I found was to not use lists, but rather creating a number range (Insert > Cross-reference > Variables > Number range), and in consecutive paragraphs inserting the number range with the before and after text manually typed in each line. This will have it so I keep the brackets around each item in my "list" (not a LO list), but I am then able to cross-reference the number range number I want without the before and after text. However, since I am not using a list, there is no longer the convenience of consistent formatting with list styles since I need to format each paragraph (by typing in the before and after text, and add in tabs).

I am hoping for the best of both worlds: being able to cross-reference a number range that is associated with a list. This will allow me to use a list style with proper before and after text set, while enabling me to cross-reference the number range which should not include the before and after text.

For example, I have the list with text "[" for before and "]" for after:

[1] One

[2] Two

[3] Three

but when cross-referencing the second item, the cross-reference will appear as "[2]" where I would like to cross-reference the "2" without the brackets, but while keeping the brackets in the list itself.

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@menturi - I see you've updated your question but have you tested my solution?

pierre-yves samyn gravatar imagepierre-yves samyn ( 2015-06-05 18:25:08 +0100 )edit

Just tested out your solution; see my response comment. It is quite neat!

menturi gravatar imagementuri ( 2015-06-05 20:13:15 +0100 )edit

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answered 2015-06-05 00:32:58 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I've just tried & found it to be possible (though I believe you to be foolish to want it that way). I'm doing this using "Bullets and Numbering". I do not know precisely what you mean by "creating a "list"". "Bullets and Numbering" only works on paragraphs, anyway, so this will work for you:-

So, with my numbers already in place, I took these steps:-

  1. Menu: Format Bullets and Numbering... Options tab
  2. (number format is A.)
  3. Remove . at Separator | After
  4. Press OKbutton or <Enter>key
  5. (thankfully, also works in reverse, as a visual separation is required so that the viewer knows that it is not part of the paragraph)

I see no reason why, once setup, this cannot be given a named style.

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Sorry for being unclear in the original question; I edited it in the hopes that it is clearer now.

Also, I just learned that my issue only occurs when there is before text (your example does not have). Consider the example with both before text "[" and after text "]"; cross-referencing this (normally by Insert > Cross-reference > Cross-references > Numbered Paragraphs) will include the "[" and "]" text. I would like to keep the before and after text in the list, but not in the cross-reference.

menturi gravatar imagementuri ( 2015-06-05 17:50:44 +0100 )edit

answered 2015-06-05 17:32:50 +0100

pierre-yves samyn gravatar image


I can propose you this solution that does not use brackets but parentheses:

  1. Create a character style using the font Linux Libertine G:circ=2 (see Parenthesized in ListParenthesed.odt)
  2. Modify the Numbering 1 List Style, Options tab choose your character style
  3. To create your lists in your document select text and apply the Numbering 1 List Style (you get numbers enclosed in parentheses)

On insertion of a Cross-reference you only get the number without parentheses.

More info on Libertine fonts.


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This is absolutely amazing! I did not even know fonts could do something like this. Very interesting workaround; I love it.

I should mention a few drawbacks for those reading: (1) It requires the use of a particular font, (2) It works only with parenthesis or circles (though many other features!), (3) Visually the characters look smaller and a bit strange (I think it is just a character mapping).

For my particular needs, these drawbacks are too significant of issues. Many thanks though!

menturi gravatar imagementuri ( 2015-06-05 20:11:36 +0100 )edit
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