Created attachment 117465 [details]
sample textbox as displayed in adobe reader
Creating a PDF text box object, exporting/saving it as PDF and opening the PDF in Adobe Reader or other Readers like PDF X-Change-Viewer result in weird white inline borders between the writable field and the border of the field.
This just happens with "flat" or "3D" borders of text boxes. Text boxes without borders get correctly filled up so that the whole defined box space is filled with the writable field.
Black border is the normal text box with "3D" border. Blue field is the writable area.
Expected result: the blue field should be "maximised" to the border.
Actual result: if your font size is bigger than the blue box but would fit into the text box the font will be cut off.
please give step-by-step instructions to show how do you create that PDF text box object in LibO.
and tell the LibO version you are using and your O/S
LibreOffice version: all since about 3.2 - currently installed: 22.214.171.124
O/S: Windows 8.1 Pro
Steps to reproduce(loosely translated from the german descriptions):
- Open LibreOffice writer
- Add the form symbols to the menu if not enabled yet
- Click the "textfield" button (maybe "textbox")
- Draw the textbox at any size
- Click "Export to PDF"
- Open in any PDF reader - Adobe Reader works best because it hilights fillable forms in the blue background as shown in my attached screenshot
If i open the form in Adobe Acrobat i can see, that the form field is way smaller than the box border.
This feature was working correctly in 3.0 or 3.1 but is in this state since then.
A few versions ago it was even worse - the white inner border of the box overlayed the text inside even while printing. That seems no longer to do so - but the white border is still annoying for users who need to fill these forms.
Maybe make the cell padding of a text box at least configurable?
(In reply to Florian Wicke from comment #3)
> LibreOffice version: all since about 3.2 - currently installed: 126.96.36.199
> O/S: Windows 8.1 Pro
> This feature was working correctly in 3.0 or 3.1 but is in this state since
I think you refer to old OpenOffice versions since LibO first release was 3.3.0
I adjust version and hardware fields and set back status to UNCONFIRMED
I'll retest later with the steps you described. thanks
NitroPDF shows the fillable area correctly filling the text box.
Win 7 Pro 64-bit, Version: 188.8.131.52
Build ID: 2c39ebcf046445232b798108aa8a7e7d89552ea8
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Created attachment 117614 [details]
simple document with textbox
Created attachment 117615 [details]
simple document with textbox (PDF)
Created attachment 117616 [details]
simple document with textbox (screenshot from Adobe Acrobat)
as requested a sample document, this document exported as pdf and a screenshot of this document from Adobe Acrobat where you can see that the fillable "Textbox1" is placed inside the text box with cell padding.
* simple document with textbox: form_test.odt
* simple document with textbox (PDF): form_test.pdf
* simple document with textbox (screenshot from Adobe Acrobat): form_test.jpg
Created attachment 117618 [details]
simple document with textbox (small box)
Created attachment 117619 [details]
simple document with textbox (small box) (PDF)
I added two more files where you can see the problem even better - even with NitroPDF.
If you fill the form the letters get cut inside the text box with the white padding border.
Ok, I was looking at it the wrong way.. I can confirm the behavior.
I don't see it as a problem, but I'll set to NEW anyways.
Bug is still present in 5.0.2 and still very annoying :-(
I understand that there are more serious problems than just "layout bugs" but is there anything else i could do to help to get this padding problem fixed?
(In reply to Florian Wicke from comment #15)
> Bug is still present in 5.0.2 and still very annoying :-(
> I understand that there are more serious problems than just "layout bugs"
> but is there anything else i could do to help to get this padding problem
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Created attachment 130614 [details]
Text box with a patch removing the cell padding
The bug is in core/vcl/source/gdi/pdfwriter_impl.cxx
around line 4218, it reads:
if( rWidget.Border )
// adjust edit area accounting for border
sal_Int32 nDelta = aFont.GetFontHeight()/4;
if( nDelta < 1 )
nDelta = 1;
rIntern.m_aRect.Left() += nDelta;
rIntern.m_aRect.Top() += nDelta;
rIntern.m_aRect.Right() -= nDelta;
Commenting all of this in order no to apply anymore the nDelta leads to the attachment, which if I understand correctly is what Florian wants.
Note that the attachment has been created using the form_test.odt attachment provided here.
By the way I traced this to the following commit:
Author: Jens-Heiner Rechtien <email@example.com>
Date: Wed Sep 8 15:21:42 2004 +0000
which contains loads of changes, but might be related to "2004/05/18 13:57:02 pl 184.108.40.206: begin to implement PDF widgets", so I'd say that it has "always" been there; this was Ooo 1.1.2 or 1.1.3...
(some newer commits did change this code a little, but not its behaviour, there are only changes of names of parameters or method names).
Yes, the attached document from JC Cardot is exactly what i meant it should be. Is there any reason to add this nDelta to the border area?
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Still the case, also on Mac
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