Bug 50564 - PDF: can't select text in LO alert (specifically PDF export problem)
Summary: PDF: can't select text in LO alert (specifically PDF export problem)
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.5.3 release
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
Keywords: filter:pdf
Depends on:
Blocks: PDF-Export
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Reported: 2012-05-31 17:12 UTC by skierpage
Modified: 2021-02-28 09:44 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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nice alert dialog, but I can't select and copy any of its text :( (19.20 KB, image/png)
2012-05-31 17:12 UTC, skierpage

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Description skierpage 2012-05-31 17:12:43 UTC
Created attachment 62352 [details]
nice alert dialog, but I can't select and copy any of its text :(

Problem description: 

Steps to reproduce:
1. open a document with images (mine was an HTML document with images, one align="right" in HTML).
2. File > Export as PDF...
3. Export as PDF/A-1a (the default)

Current behavior:

LibreOffice Writer may display a helpful dialog during Export as PDF:
  Problems during PDF export
  During PDF export the following problems occurred:
  Transparencies removed
  Some objects were converted to an image in order to remove transparencies, because the target PDF... (four more lines of text, see attachment).

but I can't select and copy any of this text.  That makes it miserable to make a note of the problem to fix later, or to search for support on the problem, or as you can see here to file a bug report ;-).

Expected behavior:
Browsers have taught users that all text is ordinarily selectable and copyable. Don't let us down and make us mistype text already on the screen.

This specific alert bothered me, but I assume this is a general issue with LibreOffice dialogs; if so the bug should be reassigned to something like "Component UI"? I think LO in Kubuntu uses GTK dialogs.

Platform (if different from the browser): Kubuntu 12.04 amd64
Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:13.0) Gecko/20120522 Firefox/13.0 SeaMonkey/2.10
Comment 1 bfoman (inactive) 2013-01-08 13:12:04 UTC
Confirmed with:
Build ID: own W7 debug build
Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit

Seems "copy text from message boxes" feature (https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.0#GUI) do not work with PDF export windows.
Comment 2 QA Administrators 2015-02-19 15:33:29 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 3 Buovjaga 2015-03-07 12:11:59 UTC

Win 7 Pro 64-bit, LibO Version:
Build ID: 45e2de17089c24a1fa810c8f975a7171ba4cd432
Locale: fi_FI
Comment 4 skierpage 2015-11-25 20:53:40 UTC
(In reply to QA Administrators from comment #2)
> ... If the bug is present, please leave a comment that includes the version of
> LibreOffice and your operating system, and any changes you see in the bug
> behavior

Still a problem with LibreOffice Version:
Build ID: 00m0(Build:2)
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8)
I can select "During PDF export the following problems occurred:", but I can't select the actual text of the problem(s), e.g. "Some objects were converted to an image...".
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2017-10-30 08:32:12 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 skierpage 2018-02-27 02:37:46 UTC
Still a bug in LibreOffice Version: (x64)
Build ID: 60bfb1526849283ce2491346ed2aa51c465abfe6
CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 10.0; UI render: default; 
Locale: en-US (en_US); Calc: group
Comment 7 QA Administrators 2019-02-28 03:51:58 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 8 QA Administrators 2021-02-28 04:00:50 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 9 skierpage 2021-02-28 09:44:34 UTC
Still a bug in LibreOffice Version: / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: f6099ecf3d29644b5008cc8f48f42f4a40986e4c
CPU threads: 4; OS: Linux 5.10; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Misc: Flatpak
Calc: threaded