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Native 2016 **without** compatibiliy mode
When opening .doc files or .docx files that were created in pre-2007 versions, Word uses 'compatibility mode'. We appear to be using compatibility mode by default for documents that were created Word 2010+ without this option enabled.
Steps to reproduce:
1. Open August12.docx in Word
2. Open in Writer
3. Note the line spacing layout issues
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Word vs Writer.
Note writer incorrectly imports the documents, taking up 2 pages instead of 1.
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When compatibily mode is forced, Writer and Word are identical
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[MS-DOC]: format correctly imported
Confirmed using LO 184.108.40.206 / Windows 7.
To be precise, in Word the DOCX and DOC look different, and in Writer they look the same (and as the DOC in Word). The difference is that the paragraph that takes 4 lines in one case takes 5 lines in the other.
When comparing the DOCX and DOC in Word, the difference comes from different character layout/spacing. In fact, it only occurs if the text is justified, not with other kinds of alignments.
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(In reply to Aron Budea from comment #4)
>The difference is that the paragraph
> that takes 4 lines in one case takes 5 lines in the other.
There are two places where this happens (in Word 2016). The other is the line that starts with "Coffee Morning" which only takes one line in 2016, compared to 2 lines in old Word 2003.
Confirmed that changing word/settings.xml compatibilityMode to 12 is all that is necessary to have Word 2016 treat it the same as Writer handles it.
Like Aron says - nothing really special about these paragraphs...
<w:rFonts w:eastAsia="MS Mincho"/>
(In reply to Luke from comment #0)
> When opening .doc files or .docx files that were created in pre-2007
> versions, Word uses 'compatibility mode'. We appear to be using
> compatibility mode by default for documents that were created Word 2010+
I don't think this statement is quite true. Word uses compatibility mode for any document that has an older version than it does.
August12.docx has the setting compatibilityMode = 15. (native for Word 2013-2019)
I changed that mode to 14 (native version of Word 2010) and then Word 2016 acted like LO. So this should be a change starting in Word 2013, and not starting in Word 2010 as implied.
This really looks like a Microsoft bug to me. How can shifting to full justification reduce the amount of space needed for your text? But yeah, I tried typing a sentence in a new Word 2016 document. If it is only one or two characters spilling over to the next line, then full justification must be SHRINKING something and so the entire paragraph now fits on one line instead of two in non-justified mode.
Ahh, "intelligent spacing" is probably to blame here. See bug 71732, which would result in these kinds of "random" layouts. Perhaps nice on the eyes, but impossible for exact reproducibility.
I'm tempted to mark this as a duplicate of that bug, but apparently Word has been doing this for longer than 2013. Google's instructions to turn on "justify like WordPerfect 6" only work for Word 2007 or Word 2010. So, it looks like in 2013 they have implemented their own algorithm and enabled it by default.
(In reply to Justin L from comment #8)
> Ahh, "intelligent spacing" is probably to blame here.
Oops. That should be bug 38159