Apache OpenOffice (AOO) Bugzilla – Full Text Issue Listing
|Summary:||Cannot edit mailmerge fields in Read Only documents|
|Component:||editing||Assignee:||AOO issues mailing list <issues>|
|Status:||CONFIRMED ---||QA Contact:|
|OS:||Windows Server 2003|
|Issue Type:||ENHANCEMENT||Latest Confirmation in:||---|
Description chigye 2005-07-25 22:26:44 UTC
When opening a document as read-only, you can traditionally make changes right away, if you try to save them, it will prompt you to "Save As", but you can do live editing in read only mode. When we open a document with mail merge fields in it that is read only, we cannot make any modifications to those fields w/o first opening it as an editable version. See attached screenshots for error messages about lack of permissions. With other types of documents, we do not have these issues.
Comment 1 chigye 2005-07-25 22:28:42 UTC
Created attachment 28215 [details] Can't edit readonly mail merge docs error msgs.doc
Comment 2 chigye 2005-07-25 22:31:55 UTC
Created attachment 28216 [details] Letter with mailmerge fields for testing.
Comment 3 michael.ruess 2005-07-26 07:43:43 UTC
Reassigned to HI.
Comment 4 h.ilter 2005-07-26 09:35:26 UTC
HI->MRU: Not a mailmerge problem. In OOo you can't edit anythink at the read only mode at all. The user must go the opposite way as in MS-Word.
Comment 5 michael.ruess 2005-07-26 10:01:56 UTC
MRU->ES: pls have a look. AFAIK the content of input fields can be changed in read-only mode (am I right?). Please evaluate current behaviour of mailmerge fields.
Comment 6 eric.savary 2005-08-01 07:14:20 UTC
I son't see the point of beeing able to edit a read-only document. Yes input field can be shoen (the input dialog is activated on click) but it is then also read-only and you can't change anything. Unlesss there is a good reason for editing such documents, I'd close this issue as "invalid".
Comment 7 chigye 2005-08-01 19:08:45 UTC
Hi James, First, do you allow me to copy/paste your comments in the issue? Unless some infos are confidential, it's always better (because public) to comment issues in the issues... The problem here must be addressed as an enhancement (because we don't have the same concept as Microsoft and we have to specify a new behavior if needed) but not as a defect. In the meantime, you can: - click on the "Edit file" button - modify the file you need to modify and directly send as E-mail without saving (a temporary file will be sent) Please continue information excange on IssueZilla, not by e-mail. Regards Ã‰ric Savary QA Writer Eng. James Williamson wrote: > In our office environment, we have a file server, where CSRs access > shared forms to fill out while on client calls. For obvious reasons > they do not have write access to the server (to prevent them from > deleting or modifying the template/master document). > > So when they open the file, it opens read-only. Traditionally under MS > Office, while in read-only mode, they could modify it and then choose > "Send as Email" and sent to the appropriate department for processing. > > In Open Office, you are forced to save the document to their C: drive > in order to modify it. CSRs have no need (or want) to save every > document they send. It's a waste of time (an extra step to save as and > rename and space on their PC). It just needs to be completed and sent > (plus there is an email record anyway). > > This is how many high volume, enterprises are set up to handle shared > documents/templates. It may not make 'sense' in the individual user at > home's life but it does in large enterprise environment. > > Let me know if you have any further questions. > > Thanks. > > James Williamson
Comment 8 eric.savary 2005-08-01 19:28:32 UTC
ES->requirements: the propsed enhancement is to be found in the above quoted e-mail. Sum-up: find a way to edit read-only files without having to save a copy of them first.
Comment 9 ace_dent 2008-05-16 00:54:02 UTC
OpenOffice.org Issue Tracker - Feedback Request. The Issue you raised is currently assigned to 'Requirements' pending review, but has not been updated within the last 3 years. Please consider re-testing with one of the latest versions of OOo, as the problem(s) may have already been addressed. Either use the recent stable version: http://download.openoffice.org/index.html or consider trying the new OOo 3 BETA (still in testing): http://download.openoffice.org/3.0beta/ Please report back the outcome so this Issue may be Closed or Progressed as necessary - otherwise it may be Resolved as Invalid in the future. You may also wish to search for (and note) any duplicates of this Issue that may have advanced further by checking the Issue Tracker: http://www.openoffice.org/issues/query.cgi Many thanks, Andrew Cleaning-up and Closing old Issues as part of: ~ The Grand Bug Squash, pre v3 ~ http://marketing.openoffice.org/3.0/announcementbeta.html