Can modify default paragraph style, but not default character style? (pics included)

You can modify the default paragraph style

, but not the default character style?

Is there a section of documentation on this? Thanks.

The default character style takes its text formatting properties from the default paragraph style; i. e. it inherits them from the default paragraph style. The default paragraph style is a standard against which everything else is measured; it defines formatting and dimensions for the whole document, just like the body element does in CSS-styled HTML. To change the font or any other property of the default character style, change the appropriate property in the default paragraph style.

I reckon that the application prevents the user from editing the default character style to avoid redundancy, as all of the relevant properties can be defined via the paragraph style. Maybe someone who understands LibO’s internal style handling better could give more insight.

Thank you.

@JeffKang: Please rely on the statements by CyanCG. He is right and I was wrong. Sorry for confusion.

@CyanCG: Thanks for your explanation. Helped me to get better understanding on how are various style elements are linked. I wish to have a bit more time to image this information in a Draw document.

Thanks anyway.

Making a Draw chart of this is a great idea! By the way, this essay about web typography helped me much in understanding how styles relate to each other in a document (even though this essay is about HTML and CSS, it relates very well to ODF’s concepts).

I started with the Draw chart a while ago. Its a question of time available. I will add step by step information and make it available once it seems to be ready for it. Your default font information is added. Thanks for the article.

If it’s easier, what about a Freeplane mind map? ( I don’t know if Draw or Freeplane allow wiki-style editing, as that could make it easier to maintain.

@JeffKang: Thanks for th e hint with the mindmap. Although I am a very heavy user of mindmaps I although see limitations., not all can be mindmap. Thus, in this case I feel that drawings can be the batter way. I am using FreeMInd because I can export mindmaps from iThoughts on my iPad

The default character style can be modified in Format>Character>Font and other tabs there.

This applies manual formatting, which is not the best solution, as it will not be retained in paragraphs that are not contiguous with the one where the change was made.