Created attachment 74439 [details]
The ODT file with comments
When a document is saved in .DOCX format, the comment, author, and range are saved. An empty comment appears when the document is opened with Word 2007.
When a document is saved in .DOC format, the comment and its text are saved, but the comment range is lost. The area highlighted by the comment contains zero characters. (Which is the way Writer behaved before comment ranges were added.)
While not severe for most users, these bugs prevent LO's use by writers and editors exchanging manuscripts during the edit process, because the information lost is too important to give up.
I have attached a sample document for export testing.
Oops. I mistyped something. When saved to .DOCX format, the comment, author, and range are saved, but the actual comment TEXT is not. All you get is an empty comment showing who created it.
Created attachment 74440 [details]
A resulting flawed .DOC file
Created attachment 74441 [details]
A resulting flawed .DOCX file
Version 18.104.22.168.alpha0+ (Build ID: 9601a571d42b0199bdccf2256fc8be82e14af8a
Date: Mon Feb 18 23:22:17 2013 +0100
Bodhi Linux 2.2
Major (loss of data in comments for popular format)
High (default is Highest but this so far only has one user reporting that I can see so marking as High)
@cejpersonal - is this a regression? Unfortunately I don't have access to 3.6 right now so I can't test. If it is I'll do further testing/investigation for the developers. Thanks!
@Joel - Half and half. The loss of comment TEXT in .DOCX format is indeed a regression. The loss of comment RANGE in .DOC format is new, because in the past Writer didn't even have comment ranges.
Also reported on user mailing list by Rogier F. van Vlissingen.
(In reply to comment #5)
> @Joel - Half and half. The loss of comment TEXT in .DOCX format is indeed a
Do you refer to bug 33463 ?
>The loss of comment RANGE in .DOC format is new, because in the
> past Writer didn't even have comment ranges.
An additional issue that appears to be related is that the numbering and formatting of footnotes and endnotes is also impacted by the conversions, or even by the mere saving of the file, which again makes the use of LO for editing projects nearly impossible.
Note that this includes the fact that sometimes going from .odt to .doc or .docx footnotes/or end notes may change from arabic numbering 1,2,3,4 etc. to roman numbering i,ii,ii, iv etc. and typically one or two tabs are inserted between the foot/end note number and the text at the time of saving.
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Works for me on LO 22.214.171.124 on Linux (64bit/RPM install)
Works for me: LO 126.96.36.199 Windows 7