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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: help needed on ODF standard for "auto" indent for paragraphs
Date Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:23:22 GMT
I suspect the Roman alphabet, conventional-font space-/indent-sizing is inapplicable for some
Asian languages.  (I hope the Asian setting is specifically for CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
or we could be having problems with some very complex language scripts as well.

Rory, I don't believe "automatic" is on by default, so someone must be defining styles this
way, you think?

-----Original Message-----
From: Rory O'Farrell [] 
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 14:20
Subject: Re: help needed on ODF standard for "auto" indent for paragraphs

On Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:57:59 -0700
Kay Schenk <> wrote:

> This is in regard to issue
> I can't easily locate what the ODF 1.2 standard is on calculation for a
> first line auto indent for a paragraph. Well I found this --
> but it doesn't make a lot of sense to me. :/
> In any case, if the standard is consistent regardless of font, it seems
> our calcs may be incorrect for some Asian fonts (maybe encoding factors
> are not correctly taken into account) and that is the reason the patch
> was submitted for this issue. It would be nice if this calculation did
> happen correctly so users would not have to manually adjust the indent
> for paragraph first line.


Merely for information, the printing standard I grew up with is that the usual indent for
a paragraph in body type is one em, that is on 12 pt type, 12 pts, 18 pt type, 18 pts etc.
 I believe this is the convention followed in OO's Paragraph style definition on the Indents
and Spacing tab, when "Automatic" is checked  for first line indentation.

If you need references for the one em indent I can provide them.


Rory O'Farrell <>

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