As a fiction writer, I currently must use Microsoft Word on the Mac to
exchange documents with editors, because Track Changes and commenting
features are a necessity.
In Microsoft Word, an editor can mark a section of text and add a
comment like, "This is redundant. Recommend deletion." When I click on
the highlighted range, I see the comment and can make my decision
In LibreOffice, it appears that comments always have zero length. If I
were to open my editor's document and encounter "This is redundant.
Recommend deletion," I would have to guess at which range of text she
meant to point out.
We've all heard smarmy people say, "You need to add feature X or I won't
use your stupid program." That's not where I'm coming from. But I do
feel that the lack of comment ranges which appear as highlighted text in
the document is a serious deficiency that will hinder LibreOffice's
adoption by people who work with editors and publishers.
This is a great shame because the tracking and commenting features
otherwise work much better in LibreOffice than in Word. I cannot express
how much I hate Word for all the bugs in its commenting features -- bugs
which have existed and gone unaddressed through at least three versions now.
Truly, I beg you to add comment ranges in LibreOffice so I can stop
using Word altogether for writing.
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