Issue 119117 - 3.3.0 Writer/note character insertion
Summary: 3.3.0 Writer/note character insertion
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 3.3 RC10
Hardware: PC Windows XP
: P3 Normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2012-03-23 17:43 UTC by webistrator
Modified: 2012-03-23 22:57 UTC (History)
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Issue Type: DEFECT
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Description webistrator 2012-03-23 17:43:06 UTC
When attempting to write notes in a Write document using special/foreign characters, the character chosen from the Insert>Special Character dropdown sequence results in the character being placed at the beginning of the note text instead of at the cursor position.
Comment 1 T. J. Frazier 2012-03-23 19:15:17 UTC
Confirmed in 3.3 and 3.4 Beta. The following sequence may help to locate the cause:

1. Insert > Comment, type Problem
2. Insert > special character > @
Expected: Problem@
Actual: @Problem

3. Click in document, to de-select Comment.
4. Click after Problem to re-select Comment.
5. Insert > special character > [plus-minus symbol]
Expected and actual: @Problem[plus-minus symbol]
6. Type (CR) Another problem
7. Insert > special character > section mark
Expected: Another problem[section mark]
Actual: [section mark]@Problem
        Another problem

The insert positioning is definitely in need of work.

Priority reduced to normal, because this is a startling and annoying nuisance, but the cut&paste workaround is easy.
Comment 2 webistrator 2012-03-23 22:57:23 UTC
Thanks for the prompt investigation/response to this issue. 

But I'd like to see the priority upgraded to expedite a fix since for those of us who use the "comment" feature frequently and are involved in multilingual work it is more than just the question of an annoyance and workaround.

For example, I use the comment feature to build ebooks that often require a footnote type of reference. However, ebook formats as they are now (e.g., epub, mobi and others) do not accommodate footnotes in the final formatted output. I therefore use the comment feature to write the footnotes and their insertion points, and when I'm finished with final formatting before ebook publication, I run through the text and insert the comment text at the end of the related chapter/section. As an example, my current project on Icelandic literature requires frequent references to old Norse place-/people names needing the Norwegian character set; I currently have only 10 pages with 8 "footnote comments" awaiting final set-up.

So, while PDF/paginated output can allow footnotes/endnotes made in the conventional way and formatted at page end, non-paginated text (a la ebooks) cannot. And as Writer is rapidly becoming the tool of choice for writing ebooks instead of MS Word, keeping this fact in mind when deciding priorities for bug fixes would be welcome.

Thanks for the consideration.