Helen, Interesting issue. The manual centering is simply multiple tabs ,\t, or multiple <space> characters. Replace the multiple occurrences with nothing to remove it and bring all text to left margin. Get all the formatting removed so you are left with just the text.
The key to your effort is to remove the direct styling from the text, and apply document wide styling to paragraphs. Choose from existing styles, or create new style sto apply against paragraphs, fonts, pages of each play as you'd like. If you are comfortable extracting the XML text component--content.xml-- from the .odt container you can flush it through the stream editor--sed. Or gawk, or perl, or python, etc. to make editing corrections (removing white space and joining actor to their lines with a colon). Then return the edited content.xml back to the .odt container, and then apply consistent styles from LibreOffice. However, working within Writer--you can accomplish much of the text clean up using the find-replace GUI widget. Open the + other options panel, and select the regular expression checkbox. LibreOffice regular expressions are described here: https://help.libreoffice.org/Common/List_of_Regular_Expressions with a bit more detailed instruction here (panels are a bit different between LibreOffice and OpenOffice): http://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Documentation/How_Tos/Regular_Expressions_in_Writer The other approach, would be to open the document and copy all contents out to a text file, then edit that with sed, gawk, perl or python--and insert the now consistent text into a new LibreOffice document and then apply styles to the text. Stuart -- View this message in context: http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/styles-for-plays-tp4063106p4063138.html Sent from the Users mailing list archive at Nabble.com. -- To unsubscribe e-mail to: users+unsubscr...@global.libreoffice.org Problems? http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/mailing-lists/how-to-unsubscribe/ Posting guidelines + more: http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Netiquette List archive: http://listarchives.libreoffice.org/global/users/ All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted