Issue 35088 - Input Fields should not display a dialog but be directly editable
Summary: Input Fields should not display a dialog but be directly editable
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 33737
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1.2
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 5 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: bettina.haberer
QA Contact: issues@sw
Keywords: oooqa
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-10-07 08:54 UTC by mduncan
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:38 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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


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Description mduncan 2004-10-07 08:54:01 UTC
When you open a document template with input fields it automatically opens a 
dialog to enter data, but if the fields labels have no meaning you are unable 
to tell which field you are altering.  Because this document has come from a 
customer as a word template all the input fields are labelled text1..  With the 
document having many input fields it has forced me to install MsWord on the 
users PC.  If the current field is highlighted then it would be beneficial!
Comment 1 michael.ruess 2004-10-07 09:17:04 UTC
reassigned to ES.
Comment 2 eric.savary 2004-10-07 09:31:27 UTC
ES->BH: I strongly agree with this enhancement.
1) The pop-up window automatically starts up on load
2) hides the context of the field (the document)

We should rework it for 3.0
Comment 3 mduncan 2004-10-07 11:13:51 UTC
Some alterations which i believe would be beneficial.
1.When the dialog box is displayed the relevant field should be highlighted.
2.An option in the users settings or the document should specify whether the 
fields are editable via a dialog box or directly.  With a toolbar button to 
Comment 4 mtoal 2005-02-09 00:53:49 UTC
This is a show-stopper for my users, who are used to using this feature
extensively in making "fill-in-able" forms in MS Word. See my posting at

Though "inline" editing of these fields is highly deisrable, the appearance of
the dialog is not so much the issue, I think, as the inability to use Enter to
close the dialog, and to use Tab to skip to the next field. 

Could the developers consider having the enter and tab keypresses be intercepted
in the dialog and caused to exhibit more traditional behavior instead, while we
are still in v1.9.x?
Comment 5 eberlein 2005-04-20 13:38:00 UTC
I agree with you but don't think that some alterations of the input field will 
solve the main problems:
How to protect the document to use it as a form? You can use sections of 
course, but there is always still one paragraph the user can type in.
What about the export filter to ms-word? Often it is desirable to produce a 
form-textfield and not an input field, see (unanswered)
A similar issue is issue 47799.

@mtoal: ever tried CTRL-ENTER to close the dialog?


Comment 6 mux2005 2006-01-24 08:15:29 UTC
This is another duplicate of issue 33737 isn't it? Someone should collect and
clean up all the dups of this issue. That would make it much easier for
interested parties to monitor progress on this issue.
Comment 7 Oliver Specht 2007-04-05 13:19:07 UTC

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 33737 ***
Comment 8 ace_dent 2008-05-17 22:01:18 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 9 ace_dent 2008-05-18 00:05:44 UTC
As per previous posting: Verified -> Closed.
A Closed Issue is a Happy Issue (TM).