A while ago I was asking how to adequately use inline equations in LibreOffice. The problem is that the formula objects come with a left and right spacing/gap by default. That spacing makes it impossible to use these objects inline in a sentence that contains full-stops or commas (see the attached document Excessive_Formula_Spacing.odt ).
After a long time finding possible solutions, a user in this forum found a very simple and easy solution: just set the formula’s left and right Object→Wrap→Spacing to zero (How to use Math Variables amidst text in Writer?)
I then realized that to fix this problem, all it was necessary was to set the LibreOffice default value of the Object→Wrap→Spacing to zero. That is it! This simple fix would make the lives of everyone (esp. the beginner) a lot easier.
I then filed a bug in LO bugzilla explaining this issue. I got the following answer:
No, the current default spacing is reasonable for general input of formulas.
In line on a common base with a string of text is a special case that is simply
handled per formula object with the Wrap value as in comment 0 (or/and possibly
setting the formula’s internal spacing with edit Format → Spacing →
Setting different defaults is done by modifying the Frame style → Formula
where tighter left/right wrap can be set.
And within the Math editor the Format → Spacing → Category:Borders can be set
to take a new default to produce more appealing in line spacing. The two
becomes a per-user default for new formulas.
Imagine it would be possible to develop a new Frame style → FormulaInline
style to simplify what is currently a per-user customization.
I cannot respond to this message. That is why I am here asking for your help/opinion: I don’t understand how the current default spacing is reasonable for general input of formulas. What do you guys think? Is the default spacing that reasonble as to destroy the possibility of having out-of-the-box inline equations? Also is all this worth the hassle of having to develop a new to develop a new Frame style → FormulaInline? The solution to this big problem (for those many beginners working/studying physics/maths or engineering at least…) is so increadibly simple that hurts.
If you agree that the default value for formula spacing should be zero, let us know in the comments and if possible, raise the issue in bugzilla again by filling out the same bug. If you think the default spacing is good, let us know in the comments why as it would be nice to know why.