If I’m in the middle of a paragraph and hit
Enter, I get two more or less identically formatted paragraphs. So far so good.
If I have two identically formatted paragraphs, and I remove the paragraph mark between them - either by
Select+Cut - I get a single paragraph with that same formatting and the combined text from the original paragraphs. No surprises there either.
But, if I have two consecutive paragraphs that are formatted differently — and I’m not talking about the text formats, but rather the bits set through
Format»Paragraph… — and I somehow cause the paragraphs to merge by removing the paragraph mark between them, well…? Can somebody explain to me what happens then? I have never been able to make sense of it.
I can tell you what doesn’t happen, which is what I’d want. Specifically, if I’m at the end of the 1st paragraph and use the
Delete key to remove the paragraph mark, I’d want the 1st paragraph’s formatting to win over that of the 2nd. Likewise, if I’m at the beginning of the 2nd paragraph and use
Backspace to remove the paragraph mark I’d want the 2nd paragraph’s formatting to win over that of the first. Because if that happened, then I’d be in control of the result, and I could easily get the desired outcome.
What actually happens, though, is completely opaque to me, and I’ve been trying to understand it since before the OpenOffice / LibreOffice split. I’d really like a mental model of what happens so that this most basic of editing operations becomes predictable to me, or dare I hope even useful to me. As it is, I’m almost always surprised, and not in a pleasant way. Please, explain it to me like I was 10. Or 90. I’m baffled. Thanks!