Bug 74036 - EDITING: Text in vertically-spanned table cells which goes across page boundaries is not positioned in the center of the cell
Summary: EDITING: Text in vertically-spanned table cells which goes across page bounda...
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-01-25 04:00 UTC by Jim Avera
Modified: 2015-07-18 23:11 UTC (History)
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.odt file with demo of the bug (15.68 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2014-01-25 04:00 UTC, Jim Avera
PDF - which shows mis-placement of characters (55.95 KB, application/pdf)
2014-01-25 04:01 UTC, Jim Avera
Screen shot showing mis-rendering at page boundary (90.10 KB, image/png)
2014-01-25 04:01 UTC, Jim Avera
Screen shot showing correct rendering all on one page (88.18 KB, image/png)
2014-01-25 04:02 UTC, Jim Avera
more merge issues (69.65 KB, image/png)
2014-07-11 15:13 UTC, Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired)

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Description Jim Avera 2014-01-25 04:00:29 UTC
Created attachment 92750 [details]
.odt file with demo of the bug

When a table contains vertically-spanned cells which are divided at a page boundary, the cell boundaries are sometimes rendered in the wrong position, causing text to be lost or truncated.  The bug seems sensitive to having adjacent rows of different heights (e.g. containing text of different font size).

Just to be clear, the expected behavior is that when a vertically-spanned cell must be divided at a page boundary, each piece should be tall enough to render the text it contains (currently chars are rendered outside or overlapping the "subcell" (the piece after a page break) and so are not fully visible.

Please view the attached screen shots.  

I'll also attach a small demo .odt file, and a pdf from File->Export to PDF which makes it clear the characters are rendered partially-outside the cell boundary.
Comment 1 Jim Avera 2014-01-25 04:01:07 UTC
Created attachment 92751 [details]
PDF - which shows mis-placement of characters
Comment 2 Jim Avera 2014-01-25 04:01:50 UTC
Created attachment 92752 [details]
Screen shot showing mis-rendering at page boundary
Comment 3 Jim Avera 2014-01-25 04:02:20 UTC
Created attachment 92753 [details]
Screen shot showing correct rendering all on one page
Comment 4 Jim Avera 2014-01-25 04:41:33 UTC
This comment discusses possible fixes, at a 50,000-foot level.

The easiest fix might be to just refuse to split cells (including vertically-spanned cells) across page boundaries; tables would only be split where cell tops or bottoms aligned horizontally all the way across the table.  If there was no such spot, and the table didn't fit on one page, then it would render wrong (i.e. that case would not be supported).  I would be okay with such a restriction because it's a rare condition, but others might not be.

The ideal solution would include looking for a spot where the bottoms of individual text lines inside cells align all the way across the table, and split all the cells at that location.  Bottoms would not need to align where there is vertical white space, i.e. a large vertical skip can be truncated at the page boundary.  IMO this would give the best results.  However it is impossible in the general case because text rows might never align near page boundaries.

Therefore cell appearance somtimes MUST be distored to split a table.  A good compromise might be: In all cells which would fall off the end (if not split), find the lowest-positioned text line or object which does *not* overlap the page bottom; then insert "phantom" vertical space after those points in the respective cells so as to push the next line (or sub-table, image, etc.) completely past the line of demarcation (i.e. onto the next page).  AFter inserting those phantom vertical spaces, the "ideal" solution above becomes possible.

Note that the amount needed phantom vertical space might not be a multiple of the line spacing in any given cell.  It might work to insert a line-break wrapped in a text span which sets the exact font size needed.  By "phantom" I mean objects which are not really (or not permanently) in the document, but conceptually introduced to facilitate formatting.
Comment 5 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2014-07-11 15:12:46 UTC
Dear Jim,

Thank you for submitting the bug. I can confirm that the bug is available in 3.3.0, 4.2.5 and master.

Also noticed that if i typed some extra words in B3 across 3 lines and the merge it with B2, things get even worse in A1.
Comment 6 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2014-07-11 15:13:27 UTC
Created attachment 102623 [details]
more merge issues
Comment 7 QA Administrators 2015-07-18 17:44:22 UTC
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Comment 8 Jim Avera 2015-07-18 23:11:56 UTC
It seems to be fixed in

Setting Status to RESOLVED - WFM