Bug 81792 - Master document incorrectly printing/exporting document with tables and footnotes
Summary: Master document incorrectly printing/exporting document with tables and footn...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Footnote-Endnote Writer-Master-Doc
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Reported: 2014-07-26 18:08 UTC by David
Modified: 2023-05-06 12:51 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Crash report or crash signature:

master document (10.36 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text-master)
2014-07-26 19:47 UTC, David
sample document (84.08 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2014-07-26 19:48 UTC, David
pdf output (229.90 KB, application/pdf)
2014-07-26 19:50 UTC, David
Backtrace of crash from toggling font effect Hidden (12.40 KB, text/plain)
2014-11-17 12:30 UTC, Buovjaga

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Description David 2014-07-26 18:08:59 UTC
Three files have been attached: Master document, subdocument and pdf file.

I have a master document with about 80 subdocuments.  It is impossible for me to get this export to a pdf correctly. The same issues show up if it is printed. The sample document demonstrates the formatting problems. 

-Enable View - Text Boundaries. At the bottom of the first page you will probably see the text area extending down into the footnote area. 

-Enable View - Nonprinting Characters. The hidden text will now appear and the text area will show correctly, although footnote numbers will still be incorrect throughout the document.

-Disable View - Nonprinting Characters. The text areas will now all be displayed correctly. They will not be extended down into the footnote area anymore.

-Export to PDF. It will now re-paginate the document and when exported the text areas will be messed up again as can be seen by the paragraph at the bottom of the right column on the first page.

This document was created as an odt file and was never imported from another format.

I have the severity set to critical because it is impossible to create a proper final pdf document. There have been a number of bug reports about repagination, tables, and footnote problems.  I suspect that this should be a good test case to troubleshoot all those bugs. Having a clean profile does not affect it.
Comment 1 David 2014-07-26 18:11:47 UTC
I am currently using version
Comment 2 David 2014-07-26 18:17:11 UTC
The subdocument will appear correctly as far as the text area is concerned when it is edited on separately, althought the footnotes will still be incorrectly ordered throughout the document. The problem mainly occurs when using a master document.  And please don't say the solution is to edit separately.  I have about 80 subdocuments and there is no way I want to got through each one changing styles if there needs to be a change.
Comment 3 Joel Madero 2014-07-26 19:21:16 UTC


Hi David - couple points:

1. I'm resetting this priority according to our bugflow chart: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/images/0/06/Prioritizing_Bugs_Flowchart.jpg

Normal - can prevent high quality/professional work
Medium - default

Major/Critical/Blocker are all reserved for crashers and loss of data.

2. We'll need some kind of attachment (the simpler the better) that demonstrates the problem.

Please set to UNCONFIRMED when you have attached a document.

Thanks for your understanding and help!
Comment 4 David 2014-07-26 19:47:58 UTC
Created attachment 103519 [details]
master document
Comment 5 David 2014-07-26 19:48:23 UTC
Created attachment 103520 [details]
sample document
Comment 6 David 2014-07-26 19:50:15 UTC
Created attachment 103521 [details]
pdf output

Sorry about that. Forgot to add the attachments. Setting to unconfirmed.
Comment 7 David 2014-07-26 19:53:50 UTC
This bug is more than being able just to do high quality work, it is impossible to output correct data.
Comment 8 Buovjaga 2014-11-05 11:42:40 UTC
For me, enabling/disabling nonprinting chars does not show the text areas correctly.

I don't understand "when exported the text areas will be messed up again as can be seen by the paragraph at the bottom of the right column on the first page."
Even your own attached PDF shows there is nothing messed up in that part.

Maybe post a screenshot highlighting a problematic area while comparing it to a correct rendering?
Comment 9 David 2014-11-17 01:16:14 UTC
@Beluga - Please carefully check the pdf against the sample document again and you will that there is indeed a difference between the text in the pdf and the text in the bottom right cell in the sample document.

Open the test.odm document. Enable Table | Table Boundaries. Verify that the Font Effect | Hidden option is enabled for the "-hide" character style. Now notice how the table outline extends down into the footnote area. That means that not all the text that is in that cell is actually being displayed since it's not in the text area.

Now disable the Hidden option for the "-hide" character style. Now the table formats correctly. The footnotes that are hidden are in the left column. Count how many rows of text there are in the bottom cell in the right column. There are 14 rows in that cell, some of which get extended to the next page. In the pdf there are only 10 rows plus one that got extended to the next page. You can also count the words if you want to verify that not all of them are shown.

Notice also how the footnote numbers are out of order on the second page and various other pages (even if the hidden option is disabled).

Also, toggling the hidden option a few times, or dragging the column boundaries to change the column widths will cause it to crash.

I am using LibreOffice
Comment 10 David 2014-11-17 01:35:57 UTC
@Beluga - You are correct about how toggling View | Nonprinting Characters does not change anything. I don't know what version I was using when I first reported this problem, but as of that function is not behaving as it once did.
Comment 11 Buovjaga 2014-11-17 12:30:08 UTC
Created attachment 109613 [details]
Backtrace of crash from toggling font effect Hidden

I reproduced everything said in comment 9. The style -hide is found under Character styles - Footnote Anchor.

Crashed after second toggle of Hidden (couple of secs after pressing ok).

Win 7 64-bit Version:
Build ID: b021b5983c62e266b82d9f0c5c6d8d8900553827
TinderBox: Win-x86@39, Branch:master, Time: 2014-11-12_01:10:08
Comment 12 Buovjaga 2014-11-17 12:30:50 UTC
Let's set to NEW.
Comment 13 tommy27 2016-04-16 07:26:58 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 14 David 2016-05-29 13:13:00 UTC
Yes, the bug is still there on a fresh update of 5.3.0 alpha on Linux.  Disabling View - Non-printing Characters now seems to have no affect on the display.
Comment 15 QA Administrators 2018-07-05 02:49:25 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 16 David 2019-03-10 14:59:57 UTC
Still fails with version 6.2.1.  It also now crashes with this document when doing Tools - Update - Update All
Comment 17 Buovjaga 2019-03-23 20:37:01 UTC
Created bug 124300 for the crashes (seems to be the same root cause for both ways to cause it).
Comment 18 Buovjaga 2021-05-05 10:31:38 UTC
Still repro with 7.2 on Linux
Comment 19 QA Administrators 2023-05-06 12:51:15 UTC
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