Issue 42615

Summary: Mail Merge Still Lacks the ability to automatically suppress empty fields
Product: Writer Reporter: vreid47362 <vaughn_reid_iii>
Component: formattingAssignee: christian.jansen
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE QA Contact: issues@sw <issues>
Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P3 CC: issues
Version: 680m77Keywords: oooqa
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: PC   
OS: All   
Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---

Description vreid47362 2005-02-12 13:51:56 UTC
OpenOffice Writer's mail merge feature, although much improved, still lacks the
ability to automatically suppress empty merge fields. 

Here's what I observed:

1.  Create table with name, streetaddress1, streetaddress2, city, state, zip
2.  Create letter template
3.  Open mail merge wizard
4.  Had to create a custom merge field template because none of the existing
ones seem to correspond to U.S. address conventions (I'll file this issue
5.  Created the merged documents and had them saved a a separated file
containing all of the merged letters
6.  I intentionally left some streetaddress1 or streetaddress2 fields blank as
would be the case in a production address list.
7.  I had to go into the merge and manually remove blank lines left by the empty

Removing the empty field manually, is simple enough on a small address list, but
on a large list this is very impractical. 

Please add a check box or some way to instruct the merge wizard to remove the
blank lines and spaces caused by empty fields.  Microsoft Word has had this
functionality since Office95.
Comment 1 michael.ruess 2005-02-14 07:56:58 UTC
reassigned to HI.
Comment 2 h.ilter 2005-02-16 15:49:50 UTC
Reassigned to CJ
Comment 3 christian.jansen 2005-05-20 15:03:24 UTC
CJ: Confirmed; Set target to OOo Later, but might be fixed earlier in a Product
Comment 4 phillg 2005-07-29 15:45:56 UTC
Dupe of existing missing "hide all blank lines" tick box bug

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 36696 ***
Comment 5 ace_dent 2008-05-17 22:01:48 UTC
The Issue you raised has been marked as 'Resolved' and not updated within the
last 1 year+. I am therefore setting this issue to 'Verified' as the first step
towards Closing it. If you feel this is incorrect, please re-open the issue and
add any comments.

Many thanks,
Cleaning-up and Closing old Issues
~ The Grand Bug Squash, pre v3 ~
Comment 6 ace_dent 2008-05-18 00:06:10 UTC
As per previous posting: Verified -> Closed.
A Closed Issue is a Happy Issue (TM).