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Re: OpenOfficeWriter: Switch between 1 and 2 columns

On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 05:47:38PM -0430, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-11-11 at 16:17 -0500, Dave Feustel wrote:
> > I had found this, but I am still confused about the differences
> > between section and frames and how the frames are linked together.
> > I'm trying to convert the mutt reference manual to a more convenient
> > printed form since my current hardcopy of that manual is a PITA to
> > work with.
> A section is notionally part of the meaningful structure of the
> document, e.g. a table of contents, an index etc. A frame is an
> arbitrary box of text that you can place anywhere you like. It's more
> of a desktop publishing concept than a text composition concept. You
> can of course use frames to get multiple columns, but it's more work
> to do it that way, e.g. AFAIK frames can't go over page boundaries.

I have figured out how to use sections to put text into 2-column format.
Each section is uniquely (and sequentially) named. What I would like is
a template that I can apply to each block of text to be converted.
Then if I modify the template, all the text gets the changes.
I haven't yet figured out whether OO writer 2.4 (or 3.0) has that kind
of template. A good intro to OO would help me ascend the learning curve.
> Having said all that, if you're going to invest the time and effort it
> might be more useful to do it in Docbook rather than OO. That way you
> could have both online and printed versions from the same source. 

I have no knowledge of Docbook, but if I knew what the Docbook software tools 
were, I could try it out (this conversion effort is an OO writer learning
exercise. I could do Docbook instead.)

> I note that mutt already has an online manual. Is it different from
> the printed version? Can't you edit the online version into Docbook
> form?  Is the source actually in Docbook form already?!?

I don't know whether it is or not.  I'm working with the text version of
muttman.  I'm finding the mutt manual hard to work with, mostly because
of my lack of knowledge of the effect of muttrc options (and even their
existence) on mutt.  My focus is on getting mutt to do what I want re
unicode using ufs-8.

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