Bug 88055 - Slide Title area text is obscured by new white highlight background if area background changed
Summary: Slide Title area text is obscured by new white highlight background if area b...
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 88295
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Impress (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) rc
Hardware: All All
: medium critical
Assignee: Katarina Behrens (Inactive)
Whiteboard: target:5.1.0
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-01-05 13:57 UTC by Sean Carlos
Modified: 2016-10-25 19:24 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Unwanted white text background hightlight in Title Area (3.64 KB, image/png)
2015-01-05 13:57 UTC, Sean Carlos
test file showing the bug (33.58 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation)
2015-01-05 20:31 UTC, Cor Nouws

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Description Sean Carlos 2015-01-05 13:57:23 UTC
Created attachment 111768 [details]
Unwanted white text background hightlight in Title Area

If you change the title area background color on a slide, e.g. to Chart 11 (red), save and reopen the file, the title area text is surrounded by a white highlight which makes the text impossible to read.  The file must be saved and reopened to replicate the problem.

It is impossible to remove / edit / change this white text highlight.  Opening and saving the file in 4.3.4 removes the white highlight. 

I assume the bug was introduced by this https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4#Text_background_color

I flagged this as critical as it appears to be a bug introduced by a feature which isn't usable as there is no UI..., albeit there appears to be a tedious work-around (open and save in previous version).
Comment 1 Cor Nouws 2015-01-05 20:30:28 UTC
confirmed in
Will attach file
Comment 2 Cor Nouws 2015-01-05 20:31:29 UTC
Created attachment 111787 [details]
test file showing the bug

Hi Sean,

Can you pls test if this bug occurs in earlier versions?
Comment 3 Sean Carlos 2015-01-05 21:01:44 UTC
I have never seen this behavior in prior versions; I was not able to reproduce it now in Fedora's version.
Comment 4 maaaaaaaaaaartin 2015-03-03 11:07:55 UTC
I suffer from this pretty horrible bug in Is there a workaround? Thanks!
Comment 5 Katarina Behrens (Inactive) 2015-06-08 09:37:23 UTC
Yep, ODF (and maybe some other formats) export got broken. 

Good news is, it can be fixed. Bad news is, the documents that were saved with broken version of LibO can probably be repaired only manually (will ask some more knowledgeable colleagues if something can be done there anyway, but I don't see that as very likely)

1. Save your document as flat ODP, ODG respectively (.fodp, .fodg)
2. Open it in another text editor
3. Find a style called "Default-title" (or any other style where this undesirable white background appears) 
4. In its "style:text-properties" sub-element, substitute "fo:background-color="#ffffff" with "fo:background-color="transparent" ... or simply substitute it in the whole document, unless you have some user-defined text backgrounds elsewhere

Skip step 1 if you know how to edit zipped ODF files
Comment 6 Commit Notification 2015-06-10 14:30:24 UTC
Katarina Behrens committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":


tdf#88055: Don't export transparent background colour as white

It will be available in 5.1.0.

The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/ in the next 24-48 hours. More
information about daily builds can be found at:
Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.
Comment 7 Katarina Behrens (Inactive) 2015-06-11 08:36:44 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 88295 ***