--- Comment #12 from Christian Lehmann <[hidden email]> ---
Maybe we have a terminological problem here. For reasons not transparent to me,
recent editions of LO offer attributes like font size, italics and so on in two
submenus of the Format menu, viz. in Text and Character [this should be undone,
by the way]. I called this kind of attribute "Character" attribute just to
comply with recent terminology. I was not referring to the rubric "Character
Styles" of the Styles panel.
Now if that is settled, then your statement that this kind of attribute "is not
meant to format paragraphs" does not hold. Of course I can apply such
attributes to an entire paragraph. And it does make sense: Of course, we have
paragraphs formated with a certain Text (or "Character") attribute, like
quotations to be set in a smaller font size etc.
Now as said before, there are (at least) two ways of assigning such an
attribute to a paragraph: Either in a Paragraph Style (this time, yes, using
the rubric "Paragraph Styles" of that panel). Or else by marking the entire
paragraph in question and assigning it the attribute in question (by any of the
methods available for this operation).
If we can agree on this, then I would uphold my complaint about the
differential copy/paste treatment of the two paragraph attributes. Which is the
treatment of such a text attribute holding for an entire paragraph that you
would "expect" (as you say) on a copy/paste operation applied to part of it?