In Writer: clarification needed about character attributes - #18 by LukeKendall I describe the problem I suffer when I try to make variant editions of my books.
I suspect the source of the problem is that using Italic/Bold/Underline to change a style is not a toggling of that style, even though that’s the apparent result to the user. Perhaps as described here (in the context of headings only): https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=69495
I suspect that’s what’s happening to me, as the text that fails to keep its formatting seems to a small but random percentage. If it’s just the text where I had ever changed the style more than once (via what looked to me like toggling), then that would be a plausible explanation of what I’m experiencing.
Given this issue, is there a recommended way to apply emphasis to text so it is preserved when you copy paragraphs (in my case, an entire manuscript) between documents with the same set of paragraph style names but different properties (in my case, a different font size)?
My guess is there may be two ways, both with bad usability:
- Define an Emphasis character style,
and then instead of a single
keystroke (Ctrl-I) or button click
(Italic), bring up the Manage styles
window, choose Character Styles,
then scroll until you find Emphasis,
then Apply it to the selected text.
- Use imperfect human memory to always
remember to use Ctrl-M on any
text you’re about to format, before
applying the desired format (e.g.
Anyway, I’m hoping my guesses are wrong, and there’s a solution with good usability that I’m simply unaware of.