Issue 13308 - Improving footnotes in Word-DOC export
Summary: Improving footnotes in Word-DOC export
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1 Beta
Hardware: PC All
: P4 Trivial with 6 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
Keywords: oooqa
Depends on:
Reported: 2003-04-11 13:53 UTC by Unknown
Modified: 2017-05-20 11:19 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---

.doc file created in OOo (8.00 KB, application/msword)
2004-05-13 13:16 UTC, gulliver666
no flags Details
.doc file created in M$ Word (19.50 KB, application/msword)
2004-05-13 13:16 UTC, gulliver666
no flags Details

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Description Unknown 2003-04-11 13:53:52 UTC
MS Word uses a blank between the footnote sign and the footnote text, wich OO
(luckily) does not have. However, this means that when exporting text with
footnotes from OO to Word the footnote sign directly touches the footnote text,
since Word seems to manage the distance between both by the blank. When
exporting longer text to Word you have to insert all those blanks for yourself.
Comment 1 prgmgr 2003-06-25 18:52:27 UTC
Reassign to BH
Comment 2 utomo99 2003-09-18 07:37:48 UTC
Please Attach the documents which make this problem, so we can test
it.  (Without the documents, we cannot confirm the problem easily)
Don't forget to cut other part of the documents, so the file size is
small, but we still able to see the problem.
Comment 3 bettina.haberer 2004-01-30 19:28:53 UTC
Hello Henning, I don't want to just close this issue. In my opinion it is not a
problematic one. Please ponder, if we will try a fix for OO.o 2.0 or OO.o later.
Thank you.
Comment 4 gulliver666 2004-05-13 13:16:14 UTC
Created attachment 15233 [details]
.doc file created in OOo
Comment 5 gulliver666 2004-05-13 13:16:45 UTC
Created attachment 15234 [details]
.doc file created in M$ Word
Comment 6 gulliver666 2004-05-13 13:17:05 UTC
I also have this problem, and attach a couple of files which demonstrate it.

I would also like to add another thing on the same topic. When creating a .doc
file using Openoffice the footnotes are marked at the bottom of the page with a
normal size number, whereas with Microsoft Word they are started with a
superscript number, followed by the footnote text in normal test. This fact is
just about the only reason that I keep a windows partition with Word installed,
so that I can create doc files and then write them in openoffice (if this is
done then the problem does not occur). This should also be demonstrated by the
attached files.

I need the footnotes in this format as the rest of the world uses Word and
expects the footnotes in this format. I have searched the style options in OOo
and have not found a way to change the format of this initial number.

I hope I have been clear!! If not please don't hesitate to contact me for
further information.

many thanks, Matt
Comment 7 Martin Hollmichel 2004-05-28 14:57:16 UTC
according to the announcement on releases
( this issue
will be re-targeted to OOo Later.
Comment 8 stp 2006-05-10 21:02:49 UTC
Is this valid for 2.0?
Comment 9 Mathias_Bauer 2006-12-13 17:03:17 UTC
It seems that this issue was assigned to "hb" instead of "hbrinkm" as intended.
So this issue was unnoticed for 2 years. :-(

henning, can you confirm this issue?
Comment 10 skaertus 2007-09-16 19:56:09 UTC
As of version 2.2.1, the issue exists.

If I add a space after the footnote number in Writer 2.2.1, the
space turns into a TAB when I save the document as a DOC file and open it with
Microsoft Word.
Comment 11 skaertus 2007-09-16 19:57:05 UTC
I can send you the original ODF file and the converted DOC file to confirm the
issue exists.
Comment 12 michael.ruess 2008-04-10 16:22:45 UTC
Should be solved in the "not-so-far-future".
Comment 13 Raphael Bircher 2008-06-25 22:05:09 UTC
Confirmed with Windows XP OOo DEV 300
Comment 14 Raphael Bircher 2008-06-25 22:07:48 UTC
But this issue is maximum a P4 issue for me
Change Priority to P4
Set myself on CC
Comment 15 bonedo 2008-11-25 01:00:28 UTC
Why is it P4? This issue qualifies as a P3 issue. It is a major compatibility
issue between and Microsoft Word. It also affects a noticeable
number of users, since footnotes are a very common feature in word processors.
Lots and lots of users who use footnotes need Microsoft Word compatibility. So,
this feature is a must-have for a considerable number of users. I should add
that one of examples in P3 is "Functionality which is not available, but a
workaround exists" - and this one seems to be this case. It is a functionality
which does not have, and there is a workaround for it - to fix
footnotes manually (which is something very annoying to do). It is not just an
incorrect behavior of small significance: this issue really affects people.
Therefore, I request this issue to be qualified as P3.
Comment 16 jbjohnba 2010-01-29 18:59:27 UTC
Has there been any movement on this issue?  The automagic insertion of the [tab]
between the reference number and text has become an issue for one of our
customers where we do automated conversion of Word docs without manual
intervention.  The only workaround I've been able to come up with is to set tab
stops every 0.01 inch in the Footer paragraph style.  A proper solution is needed.
Comment 17 wolfx 2010-07-12 10:21:12 UTC
This problem is crazy and have been haunting me for years! Today it is the only
thing that keeps me from using Openoffice.

I am in academia and get long text with hundreds of footnotes. I can today not
save documents with Openoffice because if i do, they can basically not be used
with Microsoft Word. There will be a TAB i all footnotes when you open it with
Microsoft Word. So I will mess up all notes, and if you have say 600 or so notes
this is a major BUG! This most be a high priority. Today I cant see anyone in
academia use Openoffice because this is so severe.
Comment 18 Marcus 2017-05-20 11:19:51 UTC
Reset assigne to the default "".