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Intro

Here are the basic ideas how the "Outline", "Online" and "Draft" layout should work:


Layouts

Online Layout

- no margins

- no page breaks

- text is wrapped at window boundaries

- no display of page bound elements (header/footer, objects anchored at a page)

- display all other content

- preserve all other formatting


Outline Layout

- present structure of a document (paragraphs, chapters, sections)

- text indentations created from level of structural element

- normal text should be displayed below its heading

- no margins

- no page breaks visible

- no preferred way of text wrapping; open for discussions

- no display of page bound elements (header/footer, objects anchored at a page)

- no preferred way of treating any non-textual content; why not display it?

- no preferred way of treating formatting; why not display it?

- additional control elements that allow to promote/demote paragraphs, fold/unfold structural elements

- creating, moving and deleting structural elements by keyboard commands or D&D


Drafts Layout

- text indentations as usual (paragraph attributes)

- no margins

- page breaks shown as e.g. dotted lines between the text lines

- no multi column display

- text wrapped at page or column boundaries

- no preferred way of non-textual content; why not display it?

- no display of header/footer

- no preferred way of displaying page-bound objects; why not display them?

- no preferred way of treating formatting; why not display it?


There seems to be a lot of common ground. Perhaps this can be combined into a common view that provides optional space for additional control elements (outline controls, rulers) and provides space where the document can be shown with indentation and wrapping controlled from the outside. Which elements of the document are shown is also controlled from the outside so that e.g. page bound objects can be made invisible or collapsed paragraphs in the outline view etc.

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