Bug 100163 - Frames with multiple columns cannot be exported to Word formats
Summary: Frames with multiple columns cannot be exported to Word formats
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: filter:doc, filter:docx
Depends on:
Blocks: DOCX-Frames DOC-Frames
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Reported: 2016-05-31 13:37 UTC by Andras Timar
Modified: 2023-05-25 13:17 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Example document, text frame with two columns (13.69 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2016-05-31 13:37 UTC, Andras Timar

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Description Andras Timar 2016-05-31 13:37:31 UTC
Created attachment 125419 [details]
Example document, text frame with two columns

Open Writer, create a frame and set more than one column. Save the file as .docx or .doc. The resulting Word document will not have columns in the text frame.

Analysis by Miklos Vajna:

Here is how I see the situation:

- Writer has TextFrames -- complex content (including multiple columns),
  rectangle geometry
- Writer has draw shapes -- complex geometry, editeng text (no multiple
- Writer has TextBoxes, which kind of combines the two together
- Word has TextBoxes, which is also kind of the combination of the two,
  but with a few features removed, like multiple columns

So the correct fix would be to have Word implement this feature Writer
has. Possible workarounds I can imagine in our side:

- export the two-column TextFrame as two TextBoxes, and link them --
  that way content will flow between the two automatically, similarly to
  the multi-column feature
- export it as a single-row, two-column table, though that would lack
  the auto-text-flow feature

Implementing the first (Writer multi-column -> Word linked text) would
be more or less layout-compatible.
Comment 1 Telesto 2016-11-27 11:04:55 UTC
Confirming with:
Build ID: 690f553ecb3efd19143acbf01f3af4e289e94536
CPU Threads: 4; OS Version: Windows 6.2; UI Render: default; Layout Engine: new; 
Locale: nl-NL (nl_NL); Calc: CL
Comment 2 QA Administrators 2018-10-02 02:55:48 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 3 Timur 2018-10-02 12:19:29 UTC
Repro 6.2+
Comment 4 QA Administrators 2021-02-28 04:00:09 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete, spam)
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2023-03-01 03:21:53 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete, spam)
Comment 6 Justin L 2023-05-25 13:17:37 UTC
repro 7.6+