August 10, 2009, 9:31 am
Over the last few releases, cross-references have improved immensely in OpenOffice.org. In particular, you can now create cross-references from headings, numbered items, and bookmarks, all of which users were requesting four years ago. They are still not where they should be, but they are now a better match for cross-references in other word processors than they were. The main weakness is still a lack of building blocks to create the standard sentences and sentence fragments that surround cross-references, and this weakness can be solved either by using a few user-defined fields, or else with AutoText.
Cross-references are used in academic and technical documents to refer to related material. In Writer, cross-references have three main purposes