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Subject: RE: [office] Suggestion for bullet numbering

Hi David

The glyphs associated with Unicode characters are well defined. Code points, like "25A0 (BLACK SQUARE)", exist for all the symbols you describe. Given this, is there really a need to add an extra set? If KWord chooses a mapping from its generic bullets to Unicode characters and supports this mapping on import and export then there would be no data loss to and from the open office format. 

One issue is that there are several things in Unicode that look like a "small circle" but have different code points. Same for squares, arrows, etc. However, I don't think it is worth adding a new predefined set just so we can create a set that is slightly more generic than Unicode. 

-Phil Boutros
VP, Technology
Stellent Corporation

-----Original Message-----
From: David Faure [mailto:faure@kde.org]
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 11:27 AM
To: office@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [office] Suggestion for bullet numbering

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The OO file format defines a bullet by the unicode char for it.

This assumes that a font is available for displaying that character .... and
it assumes that other Word Processors _do_ use text to display bullets,
which might not be the case. For instance KWord knows about a set of 
common bullets, in addition to the "character A from font F" solution:
- - Circle bullet (empty circle)
- - Square bullet (full square)
- - Disc bullet (full circle)
- - Box bullet (empty square)
(I guess some other common bullets could also be added, like the 
triangle-pointing-to-the-right that OO and Word have, etc.)

To cater for both cases of implementations, could we add such a list of
common bullets to the file format? It wouldn't be difficult to fix OO for it, I think,
it would simple have to save both the "name" of the bullet from that list, 
as well as the unicode char for it.

If you look at OOWriter's "Bullets" tab, it only has 8 bullets that it offers
to the user, anyway - so it can know which one was selected, with more details
than just the unicode char. Merging OO's bullets with KWord's, I guess this would lead
to the above list of "common bullets":

- - circle
- - square
- - disc
- - box
- - diamond
- - right-pointing arrow 
- - right-pointing triangle
- - cross mark
- - check mark
- - dot (or "very small circle", see OO's first choice)
- - and of course the "custom" (defined by a unicode character) choice.

- -- 
David FAURE, faure@kde.org, sponsored by TrollTech to work on KDE,
Konqueror (http://www.konqueror.org), and KOffice (http://www.koffice.org).
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