https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=111921

--- Comment #7 from Luke <lukebe...@hotmail.com> ---
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #4)
> But why do we restrict the formatting in objects (we
> do not talk about text box only but also shapes)?

I have found that historically we have restricted text box functionality to
match that of MSO. By limiting our functionality to those MSO provided at the
time, we avoided conversion errors when exporting to their format. Over the
years MSO text box functionality has evolved, while we have maintained many of
the old limitations. 

Here is a chart showing how text frames(pre-2000) have evolved to text
boxes(2000-2007) which evolved to shape textboxes (2010). 

http://www.addbalance.com/word/frames_textboxes.htm


>From that chart and my own testing, both the OOXML and the binary MS-DOC format
now support text boxes with styles.

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