The text shaping will be done in the LibreOffice software through the menu bar on the right. By selecting the option “Styles and Formatting” you will have access to the parts :

Paragraph Styles : this part allows to modify the text type, as in defining if it’s a paragraph, a title, a part or a chapter name, etc…

Character Styles : this part allows to define more restrictive options. It can concern a letter, a word, a phrase, etc… It allows to embellish some parts of the text

Character Styles in LibreLatex’s models

Character Styles are identical in all LibreLatex models. Some not present at first in the LibreOffice’s documents have been added in the LibreLatex’s documents inside the LaTex class. In the most common Character Styles, we can list the following :

Function

LibreOffice name

LaTeX equivalent

Text embellishment

  • Accentuation

  • Strong accentuation

  • \emph

Coding text

  • Source text

 

Function

LibreLatex name

LaTeX equivalent

Text size management

  • \tiny

  • \scriptsize

  • \footnotesize

  • \small

  • \normalsize

  • \large

  • \Large

  • \LARGE

  • \huge

  • \Huge

  • \tiny

  • \scriptsize

  • \footnotesize

  • \small

  • \normalsize

  • \large

  • \Large

  • \LARGE

  • \huge

  • \Huge

Writing in small capitals

  • \bsc

  • \bsc

Text framing

  • \fbox

  • \fbox

Tilted writing

  • \textsl

  • \textsl

Double underlining

  • \uuline

  • \uuline

Wave underlining

  • \uwave

  • \uwave

 

Why using Character Styles ?

There is two main reasons to use Character Styles ;

Firstly, time saving : for example, if you are to write a ten-pages document and want to embellish some parts or word in the text, you can simply use the underlining, bold or italic options. However, if you finally decide to put the important part in italic rather than bold, which was your first choice, you will the have to change everything manually. Conversely, if you used the LibreOffice’s emphasis tag (Emphasis and Strong Emphasis) you can very easily and quickly modify the whole accentuated text at once, without forgetting anything.

Secondly, user-friendliness : in all LibreLatex models, new tag have been introduced to fill missing options in LibreOffice. Among those options, we can list the writing in small capitals or the text framing. Those options needed formerly to rummage through LibreOffice’s menus to be found, but now we simply have to use the corresponding character style.