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Writer Numbering Behavior

The Writer numbering is a complex behavior to handle chapter numbering (aka outline numbering), numbered lists and the verry related bullet lists. This article is intended to document the development work done in this area starting with OOo 1.0.0 towards the most current OOo release. Detailed information is given in the linked specifications.

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Change History

OpenOffice.org 2.x/3.0

An outline level attribute for paragraph and paragraph styles will be introduced to improve the usability of the handling with headings and the export and import capabilities. Specification can be found here [1].

It is planned to introduce with feature in OpenOffice.org 2.4 or 3.0

OpenOffice.org 2.0.2

This release implements a overworked numbering core.

OpenOffice.org 2.0.1

This first update to OOo 2.0.0 fixed some issues of the OOo 2.0.0 release:


OpenOffice.org 2.0.0

On the way to the mayor release of OOo 2.0.0 there were more and more numbering issues which could not be addressed with the numbering core of OOo 1.0.0 ++. Therefore the numbering core and GUI implementation got reworked in general for the OOo 2.0.0 release:


Due to time and resource limitations not all planned changes to UI and core got implemented. The issues which did not made it into the OOo 2.0.0 release got shifted into the numbering 2 specification for future releases:


OpenOffice.org 1.0.0

This was the given behavior of Writer numbering, when OOo got open sourced. This behavior stayed nearly untouched towards to OOo 2.0.0.

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