Bug 119780 - Table cells background does not save settings anymore
Summary: Table cells background does not save settings anymore
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 118820
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All Windows (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2018-09-10 09:36 UTC by Andy
Modified: 2018-10-16 16:00 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Andy 2018-09-10 09:36:42 UTC
When you put a bitmap image as background of a table cell, most of the times you are using a small tile image that you want to repeat along the whole cell. In recent LO releases, this option is called "Mosaico" (I suppose it will be "tile" in English). However this option is not saved anymore, and on saving and reopening the document, you get invariably a single instance of the bitmap, in the center of the cell. After that, style settings of the cell are in disarray and you cannot change it to "tile" back again. This actually makes using tables with background impossible.
If you regularly create and use documents with tables that have backgrounds, like I do, this actually makes Writer unusable and is sadly reason enough to downgrade.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open a new writer doc. In it, create a table with quite larger cells (for example, create a 1-column table and then increase the height of a cell, pressing the Return key with the cursor in it)
2. Now go to Table properties dialog window, and move to the "background" tab, choosing the Bitmap option. Import any small bitmap of your own, or even choose one the tiles already available, e.g. the water drops or the brick wall.
3. Now choose "tile" as the style. The cell will be completely and correctly filled with the bitmap.
4. Save and reopen. The bitmap in the cell will be shown centered, covering a small fraction of the whole cell background. The Style listbox will not show "tile" as its setting but the "personalised size and settings" option (this is a translation from Italian, the English exact wording could vary).
5. Even worse, if you select or put cursor in the cell and put style to "tile" again, this time the command is ignored. The bitmap remains centered. The only way to get  a tiled background again is to change to another image, and then  change again to your desired image. Of course this is useless since the setting will go berserk again when you save and reopen.

Actual Results:
Table cells background settings do not work reliably

Expected Results:
You should be able, as in all previous releases up to 6.0, to manage table cells background as expected

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
Comment 1 Andy 2018-09-10 09:54:39 UTC
I checked with a separate install. Problem is still there.
Comment 2 Regina Henschel 2018-09-10 11:31:14 UTC
I see the bug too, here in Version: (x64)
Build ID: 7f43f0b50135e147fb2bb1f942da3bf60153fd2c
CPU threads: 8; OS: Windows 10.0; UI render: GL; 
TinderBox: Win-x86_64@42, Branch:master, Time: 2018-09-06_01:41:39
Locale: de-DE (en_US); Calc: CL

LibreOffice omits the attribute 'style:repeat' on saving, in case it would have the value 'repeat'. That is possible, because 'repeat' is the default value for this attribute. But on loading LibreOffice does not set "repeat", if the attribute is missing. LibreOffice loads it correctly, if attribute 'style:repeat="repeat"' is contained in the file.
Comment 3 Telesto 2018-09-10 11:39:19 UTC
Sounds like bug 118820
Comment 4 Andy 2018-09-10 12:05:20 UTC
It looks like it, although description of 118820 is not very detailed
Comment 5 Telesto 2018-09-10 14:20:23 UTC
(In reply to Andy from comment #4)
> It looks like it, although description of 118820 is not very detailed

My descriptions are sometimes a bit sketchy, I'm aware of that. I didn't add exact steps to reproduce, because it's happening at file opening. The problem will be gone when opening the saved file with a older version of LibO 

Setting to Resolved -> Duplicate

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 118820 ***
Comment 6 Andy 2018-09-10 15:35:47 UTC
Yes using older releases does not have the problem, and in fact I have downgraded back to 6.0. 6.1 cannot really be used if you need to work with table backgrounds. Hope someone generous can fix this soon...
Comment 7 Andy 2018-10-16 16:00:21 UTC
Tried the new 6.3.1 release.... alas nothing changed, the problem is still fully there. Please someone fix this glitch!!!