Bug 78470 - MS WORD legacy input field not supported
Summary: MS WORD legacy input field not supported
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.3.4 release
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: filter:doc
: 78620 79401 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: DOC-Fields
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Reported: 2014-05-09 07:05 UTC by AngelBlueSky
Modified: 2024-03-09 03:15 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Thanks a lot. Try opening this file with word and then with libreoffice. (25.50 KB, application/msword)
2014-05-09 12:49 UTC, AngelBlueSky
shows the three input types supported by MS Word (22.30 KB, application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document)
2014-05-30 02:23 UTC, Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired)

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Description AngelBlueSky 2014-05-09 07:05:18 UTC
I can work on word input field using openoffice via reflection, but I can't do the same with libreoffice, whenever I open a word document containing those text fields they become simple text!

Similar question is:
FILESAVE as .docx: Date (fixed), Time (fixed) fields become static field name text

Comment 1 Cor Nouws 2014-05-09 11:38:56 UTC

thanks for writing..
However, I've an doc-tab-field-document here. Can open in and use the fields. Save as .doc and use again. Same with .docx...

So .. :)

Pls provide sample document & better description.

Comment 2 AngelBlueSky 2014-05-09 12:49:27 UTC
Created attachment 98753 [details]
Thanks a lot. Try opening this file with word and then with libreoffice.

Thanks a lot. Try opening this file with word and then with libreoffice.
Comment 3 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2014-05-30 02:16:39 UTC
*** Bug 79401 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2014-05-30 02:17:15 UTC
*** Bug 78620 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2014-05-30 02:22:40 UTC
I was about to report this yesterday, so thank you for reporting this. Microsoft Word 2007+ has three types of input fields - legacy, activeX and modern. LibO seems to only support the activeX type, which by double-clicking you can enter text in the field.
Comment 6 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2014-05-30 02:23:15 UTC
Created attachment 100131 [details]
shows the three input types supported by MS Word
Comment 7 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2014-05-30 05:18:16 UTC
No it seems LibO does support the legacy input field, but doesnt do so in a good manager, which is why i've submitted bug 79435.

@AngelBlueSky: your asking about why your not able to access the text fields similar to the same methods used in OpenOffice, which i'd assume is related to differences in the API between the two office suites. I will try to get a developer to look into this issue for you. Please do not create additional bug reports like bug 78620 and bug 79401, as that will not mean that you would get an answer faster and will make additional work for individuals who are checking bug reports.
Comment 8 Joel Madero 2014-06-02 20:15:28 UTC
This is not a critical bug - critical means data loss/crashes/etc... this is just a normal bug. Marking accordingly. Please do not set to critical again. For more information feel free to email the QA list about priorities.
Comment 9 AngelBlueSky 2014-06-04 07:22:31 UTC
Thank s a lot, you've been very kind.
Was my bad marking as "critical", well in a way it is "critical to my software". 
You are right, I use legacy input fields and LO doesn't recognize them correctly.
Tanks again.
Comment 10 Owen Genat (retired) 2014-10-05 12:36:01 UTC
Opening attachment 98753 [details] under GNU/Linux using: OOO340m1 Build: 602
v3.5.7.2 Build ID: 3215f89-f603614-ab984f2-7348103-1225a5b
v3.6.7.2 Build ID: e183d5b
v4.0.6.2 Build ID: 2e2573268451a50806fcd60ae2d9fe01dd0ce24
v4.1.6.2 Build ID: 40ff705089295be5be0aae9b15123f687c05b0a
v4.2.6.3 Build ID: 3fd416d4c6db7d3204c17ce57a1d70f6e531ee21
v4.3.2.2 Build ID: edfb5295ba211bd31ad47d0bad0118690f76407d
v4.4.0.0.alpha0+ Build ID: 65277f994ae25d930c15aebba0ed19f8de0abba1 TinderBox: Linux-rpm_deb-x86_64@46-TDF, Branch:master, Time: 2014-09-29_19:47:20

... shows the field to be uneditable i.e., indicates that this type of field has never been supported by LO. Status set to NEW. Version set to 3.3.4. Summary amended to indicate this has never been supported.
Comment 11 QA Administrators 2015-10-14 19:57:53 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 12 Buovjaga 2016-01-30 14:31:57 UTC
Yeah can't edit it by right-clicking.
Does not appear as simple text, though (it has grey bg).

Win 7 Pro 64-bit Version:
Build ID: 9784ff3d878eaa21491fbd779e57d7d4710f5449
CPU Threads: 4; OS Version: Windows 6.1; UI Render: default; 
TinderBox: Win-x86@39, Branch:master, Time: 2016-01-30_01:31:57
Locale: fi-FI (fi_FI)
Comment 13 QA Administrators 2017-03-06 14:39:38 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete, spam)
Comment 14 Justin L 2021-04-06 09:52:01 UTC
repro 7.2+
Comment 15 Justin L 2022-03-09 06:31:39 UTC
repro 7.4+
Comment 16 QA Administrators 2024-03-09 03:15:32 UTC
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