Working with Graphics Text in OpenOffice.org
Mar 03, 2010, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"One of the least understood features of OpenOffice.org is
graphics text. People understand vaguely that it differs from
regular text, but exactly how it differs or why anyone should care
is mostly unknown. However, if you know the distinction, graphics
text can work for you in ways that regular text cannot.
"Simply put, graphics text is a series of characters that
OpenOffice.org treats as an object that is little different from
other objects such as lines, squares, ellipses or other primitives.
By contrast, you can manipulate the frame that contains regular
text as though it were an object, but the regular text itself has
its own, separate editing features.
"But why would you care? The answer depends on what type of
document you are creating. If your document is completely text,
then probably you have no need for graphics text. However, if you
are designing a brochure, and moving graphics around, or doing a
chart whose parts you want to label, then text that is just another
object becomes convenient for you. Not only is graphics text easier
to move around, but you can position it in ways that regular text
does not support."
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