Bug 61620 - TABLE: Formatting lost when editing numeric field
Summary: TABLE: Formatting lost when editing numeric field
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium minor
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-02-28 15:13 UTC by john.hendrikx
Modified: 2015-02-27 22:40 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description john.hendrikx 2013-02-28 15:13:10 UTC
Writer keeps removing formatting in table cells after editing them and reverts it to default (Text @).  Writer will also set the language to Default UK, no matter what the document language.

1) Create a new document.
2) Inserts a table.
3) Type a number in a format that is not your default locale, for example "77,55".
4) Change Number Format of this cell to Language Dutch (Netherlands) and the format to "0,00".
5) Edit the cell and change the value to "77,5" by just deleting the last 5 and then pressing Tab to exit the cell.
6) Check Number Format again and notice the format was lost.

Number recognition is globally off for Tables.  Number recognition is off for this specific table.  After EVERY edit the Number Format is lost.

This bug has been present for years, but it finally irked me enough to report it.  Also see this post by a user with the same problem (especially the last XML part): http://en.libreofficeforum.org/node/4503

The problem is partially mitigated by changing the default locale to Dutch (where it is UK normally) but Writer STILL changes the Number Format to '@'.  

Please resolve this.
Comment 1 Joel Madero 2013-02-28 16:52:25 UTC
Thank you for reporting this issue! I have been able to confirm the issue on:
Platform: Bodhi Linux 2.2 x64
As I've been able to confirm this problem on an earlier release I am changing the version number as version is the earliest version that we can confirm the bug, we use comments to say that the bug exists in newer versions as well.

Marking as:

New (confirmed)
Minor (annoying but doesn't prevent high quality work, just requires an extra step to reset the formatting)
Medium (default is low, but I think this one is annoying enough to qualify for medium)

As for the steps, I can reproduce much easier:

1) Startup Writer, insert table
2) Make 1x1 table
3) Type 1.505
4) Highlight and set number format to Number (with 3 decimal places)
5) Click ok
6) Click in cell and delete the last 5, click out of cell
7) Go back into number format for cell

Observed: You see it switched back to "text"

Expected: Should remain as number

As for the UK issue - I'm not seeing this and maybe needs to be reported as a separate issue.

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Comment 3 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2015-02-27 22:40:17 UTC
I do not reproduce the problem with LibreOffice built at home under Ubuntu 14.10 x86-64.

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

Best regards. JBF