Bug 121296 (kpk) - Problem typing Unicode Zero Width Joiner (ZWJ) and Non-joiner (ZWNJ) in Malayalam/ Indic languages
Summary: Problem typing Unicode Zero Width Joiner (ZWJ) and Non-joiner (ZWNJ) in Malay...
Alias: kpk
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Windows (All)
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Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: ZWNJ-ZWJ
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Reported: 2018-11-09 05:28 UTC by K Premkumar
Modified: 2022-11-10 12:10 UTC (History)
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Description K Premkumar 2018-11-09 05:28:48 UTC
This happens when typing in Malaylam in LibreOffice (Writer, Calc - seen with 5.2 and 6.0 - 64-bit and 32-bit) on Windows 7 Prof or Win 10. I am unable the type the ZWJ (U+200D or 8205) and ZWNJ (U-200C or 8204) characters using the Windows' built-in Malayalam keyboard. In Windows applications like Notepad the characters can be typed using the standard keys Ctrl+Shift+1 and Ctrl+Shift+3. But LO does not accept these keystrokes. Hence it creates problems in typing the chillu-letters in Malayalam.

(I have a workaround with macros).
(Question asked in Ask LibreOffice: https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/58603/unicode-zero-width-joiner-and-non-joiner-zwj-zwnj-in-malayalam-indic-languages/)

Steps to Reproduce:
1. While in Writer, select Malayalam Windows keyboard (Languages)
2. Type ര് and then press Ctrl+Shift+1. Normally it should produce ര്‍ (It works correctly in Browser)
3. In LibreOffice this Ctrl+Shift+1 keystroke is not recognised.

Actual Results:
Only ര് is displayed.

Expected Results:
It shoudl have displayed ര്‍

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

OpenGL enabled: Yes

Additional Info:
Comment 1 K Premkumar 2018-11-09 05:33:41 UTC
Similarly ല് followed by Ctrl+Shift+1 should have produced ല്‍, but remains as ല്, 
ള് + Ctrl+Shift+1 should give ള്‍,
ണ് + Ctrl+Shift+1 should give ണ്‍,
ന് + Ctrl+Shift+1 should give ന്‍.
Comment 2 Xisco Faulí 2019-01-14 18:30:20 UTC
Thank you for reporting the bug.
it seems you're using an old version of LibreOffice.
Could you please try to reproduce it with the latest version of LibreOffice
from https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/ ?
I have set the bug's status to 'NEEDINFO'. Please change it back to
'UNCONFIRMED' if the bug is still present in the latest version.
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2019-07-14 02:49:09 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 QA Administrators 2019-08-19 07:04:55 UTC
Dear K Premkumar,

Please read this message in its entirety before proceeding.

Your bug report is being closed as INSUFFICIENTDATA due to inactivity and
a lack of information which is needed in order to accurately
reproduce and confirm the problem. We encourage you to retest
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