Issue 114200 - impress provides only limited ways of specifying the date/time format in corresponding fields
Summary: impress provides only limited ways of specifying the date/time format in corr...
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Product: Impress
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 3.2.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Minor (vote)
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Reported: 2010-08-30 11:32 UTC by calestyo
Modified: 2014-05-02 10:26 UTC (History)
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Latest Confirmation in: 4.1.0
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contrasts the date/time formats in Impress and Writer (208.15 KB, image/png)
2010-09-11 18:05 UTC, climbatizer
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Description calestyo 2010-08-30 11:32:59 UTC

When adding a date/time filed via Insert/Date and Time (or similar), one can
_only_ choose via the context menu between different formats and between

But even then the available formats are static and e.g. even ISO time format is

Please make this fully configurable, as in e.g. writer.

Comment 1 wolframgarten 2010-08-30 11:58:06 UTC
Changed to enhancement. Reassigned.
Comment 2 climbatizer 2010-09-11 17:58:03 UTC
I'd like to second this motion. Just like the author of this bug report, I can 
see that Impress does not provide the same level of date/time format 
customization as Writer.

This is my setup (although this issue clearly pertains to the design of 
OOo-dev 3.4.0 DEV300m87 (Build:9522)
Windows Vista Home Premium - SP2
AMD Turion Dual-Core RM-75 2.20 GHz 3GB RAM 32-bit

The way I see it, two related issues are being identified:
1. Impress does not support user-specified date/time formats (Writer does).
2. Impress does not provide ISO date/time format (YYYY-MM-DD) (Writer does)

Attached you will find screenshots comparing the functionalities in each 
program. In case you need them, these are the steps to follow in Impress:
1. Create a new document in Impress.
2. From the main menu, select Insert->Fields…->"Date(fixed)". Note: any 
date/time format will suffice.
3. Select the newly added textbox and select the date field. (An easy way to 
accomplish is to do a "Select All"). You'll see that the field, which normally 
is shown with a light gray color, now appears with a darker gray color, because 
it's selected.
4. Right click on the selected field and you'll see that the available formats 
don't include the ISO format.

Because Impress doesn’t support user-specified date/time formats, the only work-
around I see for the ISO issue is that the “fixed” option is used by using the 
date manually (Note that Impress won’t automatically update it when the document 
is opened on a different date). 

As a follow-up test, I looked up what type of custom date/time formats are 
supported by MS PowerPoint and found that it lacks the same functionality that 
Impress lacks. (used MS PowerPoint 2007 SP2)

I would venture to infer that this is the reason that Impress lacks this 
functionality, which is understandable. In my opinion though, this would be a 
good opportunity for Impress to add a unique feature that will help OpenOffice 
users and provide more customization than MS PowerPoint.
Comment 3 climbatizer 2010-09-11 18:05:12 UTC
Created attachment 71646 [details]
contrasts the date/time formats in Impress and Writer
Comment 4 Edwin Sharp 2014-05-02 10:26:15 UTC
Confirmed with
AOO410m18(Build:9764)  -  Rev. 1589052
2014-04-22 12:11 - Linux x86_64