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Bug 101677 - Make text flow in tables from top to bottom first and left to right secondary
Summary: Make text flow in tables from top to bottom first and left to right secondary
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) rc
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Writer-Tables
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Reported: 2016-08-23 07:13 UTC by sergio.callegari
Modified: 2019-04-21 02:52 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Test case to be used according to the bug description (9.03 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2016-08-23 07:13 UTC, sergio.callegari

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Description sergio.callegari 2016-08-23 07:13:11 UTC
Created attachment 126981 [details]
Test case to be used according to the bug description

I would like to report what is possibly a corner case with respect to the table "insert column" feature in LibO Writer.

When a numbered list is present in a table, inserting a new column causes a behavior that is certainly unexpected by the user, even if some consideration at how LibO may technically manage the text flow in table clearly explains it.

Suppose that you have a table that includes a numbered list

|1. Foo  | text text text |
|2. Bar  | text text text |

see the attached document for a test case.

Now, if you add a column to the left of the first one, the table becomes:

|1.     |2. Foo  | text text text |
|3.     |4. Bar  | text text text |

which is probably not what the casual user may expect and need (I think that the uses would expect the list to remain confined in one column) even if it is quite logic from a purely technical point of view.
Comment 1 Buovjaga 2016-09-28 13:48:04 UTC
Being inside column "text text text" and adding a column to the left, I don't get the numbering.
I only get the numbering, if I am in the column with the numbering and insert to the right.
So it seems logical.

Let's request design guru meditation to be sure.
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2016-09-29 09:45:24 UTC
/confirmed (

The numbering style is also copied for insert right. And the same happens with colored background, or any other styles, where keeping the style is likely wanted. 

The best solution is perhaps to make an exception for numbering - and bullets to be consistent, and to not clean this style on insert. Other opinions?
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2018-04-20 14:40:10 UTC
Don't remember what I had in mind with my previous comment. But checking again, the text flow is still from left to right first in tables and secondary from top to bottom. We better switch that and go from top to bottom first and then left to right.
Test scenario is when the complete table is formatted with a numbered style.
Comment 4 QA Administrators 2019-04-21 02:52:34 UTC
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