Re: FmtMark

Subject: Re: FmtMark
From: Chris Winne (
Date: Tue May 08 2001 - 07:35:06 CDT

On Thu, May 03, 2001 at 10:02:35PM +1000, Martin Sevior wrote:
> On Thu, 3 May 2001, Chris Winne wrote:
> >
> > At Thu, 26 Apr 2001 05:36:17 -0700, Paul Rohr wrote:
> >
> > > people wanted a way to preserve certain formatting information
> >
> > Perhaps there could be a way to "capture" the FmtMark state, and paste it
> > to another location. I am thinking of my 12-year-old daughter's (who, by
> > the way, also love "The Ant") of, when typing up questions for school (in
> > *bold* and particular indent), then goes back and fills in the answer notBold,
> >


> Wow! A Normal Person :-) Abi explicitly preserves the formating of the
> text you cut and paste. When you paste your text you always have same
> format as what you cut. This is normally what people want.
Hey, not TOO normal, how many normal people get up at 5 AM to catch up
on the AbiWord mailing list. I do enjoy it, infighting et al.

> The feature you want I think is "styles". We're working on that now. That
> way you can fill in all the answers you want, define a style for the
> answer (including indent, boldness etc.) then select the region you want
> to change (greying) and apply the style. All text in the range will then
> match your requested style.
> Cheers
> Martin

Styles may help, but I do so hate filling in a dialogue when the information
is already in the document and I may have to remember or write down all the
indent/font etc information needed for styles.

However, would it be possible to grab the current style at the current cursor
location in order to fill in the style form? That (along with Dom's quick
commit of the formatless copy :-) would make me even happier with Abiword.

BTW, this formatless copy inspired me get CVS and download and compile the
up-to-date version. Actually beats gz tarballs in terms of ease.

Chris Winne

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