Bug 104606 - Left-to-right (vertical) direction is not available in Calc (with solution suggestion in Comment 7)
Summary: Left-to-right (vertical) direction is not available in Calc (with solution su...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
URL: http://www.gb688.cn/bzgk/gb/newGbInfo...
Depends on:
Blocks: RTL-CTL Vertical-Text Text-Direction-Unification
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Reported: 2016-12-12 13:40 UTC by Volga
Modified: 2023-07-12 09:50 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Crash report or crash signature:

Full text of the standard (530.46 KB, application/pdf)
2016-12-13 07:36 UTC, Volga
Comparing the Text Direction options between three mudules (98.59 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2021-05-08 16:54 UTC, Volga
Screenshot from LibreOffice (71.28 KB, image/png)
2023-07-12 09:50 UTC, Volga

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Description Volga 2016-12-12 13:40:10 UTC
LibreOffice Writer have implemented Left-to-right (vertical) direction, but Calc and Impress have no way to use it.

Chinese standard GB/T 26233-2010 have related requirements for sheets and presentations in Section 5 and 6. See: http://down.bzwxw.com/21/GB_T 26233-2010.pdf

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open LibreOfficeDev Calc
2. Open Format > Page
3. Open LibreOfficeDev Impress
4. Open Page > Page properties

Actual Results:  
Both Calc and Impress have no entry to use this text direction.

Expected Results:
Calc and Impress should allow Left-to-right (vertical) direction to be used in sheet and presentation to respect GB/T 26233-2010.

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv:50.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/50.0
Comment 1 Volga 2016-12-13 07:36:03 UTC
Created attachment 129563 [details]
Full text of the standard
Comment 2 Buovjaga 2016-12-18 18:51:47 UTC
Let's set to NEW
Comment 3 Mark Hung 2016-12-20 15:43:18 UTC
Suggest report separate issues for Calc and Impress. 

For Calc, there isn't page setting for vertical writing but there is one for cell format configuration.

On the other hand, Impress allows vertical writing text boxes, also there are no setting at page level.
Comment 4 Buovjaga 2016-12-20 15:45:51 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 Volga 2016-12-21 13:32:40 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 Volga 2017-01-30 09:16:40 UTC
This can be done via coping related codes from Writer, but we need to break through some technical limits as bug 103720 pointed out.
Comment 7 aron 2017-03-28 03:00:17 UTC
To solve this problem, the following UNO commands must be introduced firstly. 

      // insert a tb-lr text box
      <node oor:name=".uno:VerticalLeftToRightText" oor:op="replace">
          <prop oor:name="Label" oor:type="xs:string">
              <value xml:lang="x-no-translate"></value><value xml:lang="en-US">Vertical Left To Right Text</value>
          <prop oor:name="Properties" oor:type="xs:int">
      // set text direction of textbox to tb-lr
      <node oor:name=".uno:TextdirectionTopToBottomLeftToRight" oor:op="replace">
        <prop oor:name="Label" oor:type="xs:string">
          <value xml:lang="en-US">Text direction from top to bottom and left to right</value>
        <prop oor:name="Properties" oor:type="xs:int">

In case of calc,  a new enum constant must be introduced 

 enum SvxCellOrientationEnum
+    //by aron, for traditional Mongolian 
+    //

Of course it will bring a log lot of coding work to handle the new logic.

We have already released  a new version of Libreoffice which have a good compatibility with traditional Mongolian. and available on the following link.

We are considering merging the source code of DelehiOffice to LibreOffice at right timing.
Comment 8 Volga 2017-03-28 15:19:32 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 9 Volga 2017-03-28 15:31:26 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 10 Volga 2017-04-19 14:07:42 UTC

You can visit our gerrit server [1] (our patch review tool) and send a license statement [2] to the mailing list. 

[1] https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/gerrit 
[2] https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Developers#Example_Code_Contributor_Statement 

Feel free to contribute. And I hope you can join in our new bug hunting session in 28 April.
Comment 11 Mark Hung 2021-05-08 04:56:53 UTC
In "Alignment" tab of Formatting cells dialog, there is an option "Vertically Stacked / Asian layout mode". Enable it will allow Chinese LTR TTB layout. So maybe this issue can be set to resolved?
Comment 12 Volga 2021-05-08 16:54:24 UTC
Created attachment 171790 [details]
Comparing the Text Direction options between three mudules

No, not resolved, Calc is still doesn’t have the options needed in the Text Direction dropdown menu.
Comment 13 Volga 2022-01-13 10:40:42 UTC
(In reply to Volga from comment #12)
> Created attachment 171790 [details]
> Comparing the Text Direction options between three mudules
> No, not resolved, Calc is still doesn’t have the options needed in the Text
> Direction dropdown menu.
The menu items should be the same as Writer.
Comment 14 Volga 2022-07-27 17:25:57 UTC
Also, there is no choice at the Text Direction from Top to Bottom button.

Version: (x86) / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 184fe81b8c8c30d8b5082578aee2fed2ea847c01
CPU threads: 2; OS: Windows 6.1 Service Pack 1 Build 7601; UI render: Skia/Raster; VCL: win
Locale: zh-CN (zh_CN); UI: zh-CN
Calc: threaded
Comment 15 Volga 2023-07-12 09:50:35 UTC
Created attachment 188327 [details]
Screenshot from LibreOffice

This is still happeded in

Version: (X86_64) / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 2c5e46c1980ec5241359fd65d751dc518205e7af
CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 10.0 Build 19045; UI render: Skia/Raster; VCL: win
Locale: zh-CN (zh_CN); UI: zh-CN
Calc: threaded