Bug 45386 - Column formatting not honored saving to .doc/.docx (probably because TOC is a section?)
Summary: Column formatting not honored saving to .doc/.docx (probably because TOC is a...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
3.4.4 release
Hardware: All All
: medium minor
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Keywords: filter:doc, filter:docx
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Blocks: DOC
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Reported: 2012-01-30 02:01 UTC by Vadim Rutkovsky
Modified: 2021-04-14 13:36 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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45386_example.doc: the document mentioned in comment 0 (46.50 KB, application/msword)
2021-04-14 13:18 UTC, Justin L
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Description Vadim Rutkovsky 2012-01-30 02:01:04 UTC
Original report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice/+bug/915080

libreoffice-writer 3.4.4-0ubuntu1 (Ubuntu Oneiric)

Steps To Reproduce:
1) Open Document:
cd ~/Desktop && wget -c https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice/+bug/915080/+attachment/2685315/+files/Blocco%20schizzi%20botanico.doc -O example.doc && lowriter -nologo example.doc

2) Click Format -> Sections... -> highlight Section1 -> click button Remove -> highlight Section3 -> click button Remove -> button OK -> Format -> Columns... -> change combobox Columns to 2 -> button OK -> Save
Column formatting scrrenshot - https://launchpadlibrarian.net/91366199/Schermata-L%27arte%20del%20disegno%20botanico.doc1%20-%20LibreOffice%20Writer.png (correct result)

Result: Column formatting is https://launchpadlibrarian.net/91366200/Schermata-L%27arte%20del%20disegno%20botanico.doc2%20-%20LibreOffice%20Writer.png

Expected Result: Column formatting doesn't change on file reopen

WORKAROUND: Save as .odt as the column formatting is preserved.
Comment 1 Christopher M. Penalver 2012-01-30 03:24:28 UTC
Reproducible in:
LibreOffice 3.5.0rc2 
Build ID: e371a95-bf68a13-5a1aa2b-d3c1ae9-b938258
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Comment 2 A (Andy) 2013-05-08 21:02:56 UTC
reproducible with LO 4.0.2.2 (Win7 Home, 64bit)
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2015-03-04 02:20:25 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2015-03-09 05:24:03 UTC
Not reproducible with LibreOffice 4.4.2.0.0+ built at home under Ubuntu 14.10 x86-64. Column formatting is saved and preserved when file is reopened.

Closing as WorksForMe. Please, feel free to reopen if you disagree.

Best regards. JBF
Comment 5 Christopher M. Penalver 2015-03-09 09:39:31 UTC
Jean-Baptiste Faure, thanks for testing to this. However, if one followed the Description https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=45386#c0 without questioning the results, then they would not have noticed that it is written mistakenly.

It should have mirrored the downstream Description I made to clearly explain the problem:
What is expected to happen in LibreOffice Writer via the Terminal:

cd ~/Desktop && wget -c https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice/+bug/915080/+attachment/2685315/+files/Blocco%20schizzi%20botanico.doc -O example.doc && lowriter -nologo example.doc

Click Format -> Sections... -> highlight Section1 -> click button Remove -> highlight Section3 -> click button Remove -> button OK -> Format -> Columns... -> change combobox Columns to 2 -> button OK -> Save, close, reopen and the column formatting remains as in the screenshot https://launchpadlibrarian.net/91366200/Schermata-L%27arte%20del%20disegno%20botanico.doc2%20-%20LibreOffice%20Writer.png .

What happens instead is the column formatting changes back to the way it was before making the above changes. A screenshot of this https://launchpadlibrarian.net/91366199/Schermata-L%27arte%20del%20disegno%20botanico.doc1%20-%20LibreOffice%20Writer.png .

Reproducible in Utopic's LibreOffice Writer.
Comment 6 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2015-03-09 18:31:01 UTC
(In reply to Christopher M. Penalver from comment #5)
> [...]
> Reproducible in Utopic's LibreOffice Writer.

Which version it is ?

JBF
Comment 7 Christopher M. Penalver 2015-03-09 23:58:49 UTC
Jean-Baptiste Faure, thank you for the quick follow up. It's not upstream/a PPA but the one that comes by default in Utopic (4.3.3-0ubuntu1).

However, this is also reproducible in:
Windows 8.1 x64
LibreOffice 4.4.1.2
Comment 8 tommy27 2016-04-16 07:26:42 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 9 Justin L 2017-09-07 00:24:55 UTC
reproduced in LO6.0dev.

Likely the exporter has special code around exporting a table of contents that creates sections in order to do that.
Comment 10 QA Administrators 2018-09-08 02:41:00 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete, spam)
Comment 11 QA Administrators 2020-09-08 03:57:12 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete, spam)
Comment 12 Justin L 2021-04-14 13:18:35 UTC
Created attachment 171194 [details]
45386_example.doc: the document mentioned in comment 0
Comment 13 Justin L 2021-04-14 13:36:08 UTC
repro 7.2+. Also true for DOCX.
A TableOfContents is a semi-section in Writer, so probably that is throwing things off during export.