I don't know whether e.g. current OpenOffice beta (which doesn't show the described behavior) is built that way or not: apparently not. Anyway, thank you for your kind and patient response!
===I think I didn't place this comment correctly, so I'm trying to edit it to delete it at 7:48AM MST 2 JAN 2010 and will repost to the problem thread! Please accept my apology for my error and delete this post!===