Consider a table of N rows by 2 columns, where each cell is an input element. Imagine now that row 4 has one cell slightly higher than the other. Imagine that at row 5 it gets slightly worse, and by row 15, one of the cells is a half-cell farther down the page than the other. That was the problem I was having when trying to line up two columns of input elements.
I finally got it, but via a very gross method of unzipping and hand-editing the saved ODT file. I’m assuming I missed a large something in the GUI. What? My original attack plan was:
Roughly align the various input elements with the mouse.
Right-click on each element, and specify an exact placement
and size, such that mathematically, each cell should be
aligned. (e.g. left column has width of 2", right has
width of 5", both top cells start at 3" down the page, and
each row has a height of 0.3")
That didn’t work, so after many hours of futzing, I finally unzipped the ODT file and manually aligned the various elements to exact inches. There has got to be a better way to precisely align various form elements. Any hints?