Bug 51665 - Support diagonal borders in TABLEs
Summary: Support diagonal borders in TABLEs
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: high enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 61734 87426 88807 108819 118727 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: Table-Borders
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Reported: 2012-07-02 13:24 UTC by Gerry
Modified: 2021-03-10 13:16 UTC (History)
15 users (show)

See Also:
Crash report or crash signature:

Table with diagonal border.doc (28.00 KB, application/msword)
2012-07-02 13:24 UTC, Gerry
Table with diagonal border.pdf (12.67 KB, application/pdf)
2012-07-02 13:25 UTC, Gerry
common use of crossing (2.54 KB, image/png)
2014-12-17 23:40 UTC, Yan Pas
Multiple use of diagonal border in writer table (16.07 KB, image/png)
2020-02-07 11:41 UTC, jean-marc

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Description Gerry 2012-07-02 13:24:17 UTC
Created attachment 63723 [details]
Table with diagonal border.doc

Diagonal borders are often used in business tables or tables with technical descriptions. Currently, Writer does not support diagonal borders. Examples for diagonal borders are given in the two attachments.

Please add the support of diagonal borders in Writer tables.

Competitive analysis: At least the programmes Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect and KWord/Calligra Words support diagonal borders in tables.
Due to the lack of this feature in Writer, the import of a MS Word file also fails to import diagonal borders.

The related bug report in the Apache OpenOffice bugtracker:
Comment 1 Gerry 2012-07-02 13:25:00 UTC
Created attachment 63724 [details]
Table with diagonal border.pdf
Comment 2 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2012-07-02 13:32:41 UTC
inherited from OOo
Comment 3 Joel Madero 2012-07-09 15:40:54 UTC
Verified and marking lowest priority, new. I think it's a valid request but not sure how many people will benefit from it or how much work it will take.
Comment 4 Gerry 2012-07-13 15:33:27 UTC
I don't know whether "lowest" is the right decision regarding the priority of this enhancement:

* The OpenOffice bug has 37 votes.
* Apparently the Korean community is using diagonal borders a lot (see OpenOffice bug entry).
* All main competing products support diagonal lines in word processor tables.
* I encounter from time to time problems when importing Word documents with tables having diagonal lines.
Comment 5 Joel Madero 2012-07-13 15:44:57 UTC
Honestly, I don't think that raising the priority will make it any more likely to occur. Looking at the open office bug I see that quite a few people multi-voted, so it's not really 37 votes. The lowest enhancement is a combination of the amount of work and how many people will benefit from it -- the first is objective, the second is subjective. I've been using OOo/LO for a really long time and I've personally never thought that I needed diagonal lines, nor have I ever received a document that required me to have them.

I'll bring this up in the dev chat and see if I can assign it to someone. The enhancement is more likely to get done if I can locate someone to accept it faster rather than raising the priority. 

Thanks for the information that you've given.
Comment 6 Gerry 2012-07-13 16:10:10 UTC
@Joel: One thing, I fully agree is that there are more urgent bugs and enhancements, which should get attention first.
Comment 7 Xisco Faulí 2014-03-12 16:42:39 UTC
*** Bug 61734 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Yan Pas 2014-12-17 23:35:30 UTC
*** Bug 87426 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 Yan Pas 2014-12-17 23:40:29 UTC
Created attachment 110967 [details]
common use of crossing

Changed priority to medium, cause all my math documents opened incorrectly. It is common to cross top left cell as it is shown on the screenshot
Comment 10 Regina Henschel 2017-06-27 20:50:39 UTC
*** Bug 88807 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Regina Henschel 2017-06-27 20:52:59 UTC
*** Bug 108819 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 12 Christian Lehmann 2018-06-18 09:36:38 UTC
I vote for this enhancement, backing comments #4 and #9. For a logical display of classification criteria used as headers of table rows and columns, a diagonal line is regularly needed in the first table cell.

Notice, too, that there is no workaround for the lack of this feature, except to use another word processor.
Comment 13 Buovjaga 2018-07-15 18:00:06 UTC
*** Bug 118727 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 jean-marc 2020-02-07 11:41:06 UTC
Created attachment 157730 [details]
Multiple use of diagonal border in writer table

Hundreds of these chord changes (added to lyrics, so use of Word/Writer for text) cannot be moved from MS Word to LibreOffice Writer because of the lack of this functionnality. The need of these borders is the same for rising diagonal / and descending one \
Comment 15 ricky.tigg 2021-03-10 13:12:01 UTC
That was a well argued report that was posted on 2012-07-02. An essential feature indeed which though will come late once implemented. It could even have been reasonably expected at that time, to be part of Writer, due to its rich-featuring reputation.
Comment 16 Dieter 2021-03-10 13:16:35 UTC
We have 5 duplicates and 15 people in cc. So I think it's reasonable to change importance to high.