Issue 45347 - User-Fields, Checkbox-Fields in .doc: input unintuitive or impossible
Summary: User-Fields, Checkbox-Fields in .doc: input unintuitive or impossible
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1.4
Hardware: All All
: P3 Minor with 9 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-03-18 00:42 UTC by peschtra
Modified: 2017-05-20 11:15 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

See Also:
Issue Type: DEFECT
Latest Confirmation in: 3.4.1
Developer Difficulty: ---

Application with fields (113.96 KB, application/msword)
2005-03-18 00:43 UTC, peschtra
no flags Details
Winword file with Formtext and Formcheckbox (100.50 KB, application/msword)
2009-04-19 10:32 UTC, brentford01
no flags Details
update form containg fields (100.00 KB, application/ms-word)
2011-12-29 14:01 UTC, Mike A.
no flags Details

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Description peschtra 2005-03-18 00:43:00 UTC
I downloaded this application from the web and when I try to enter date in a
field it won't let me and when I double click on the field and try to enetr dats
it enters the same value in like 1/2 of the fields in the rest of the document.
Not sure if it can be fixed, but it would be nice. If I didn't still have MS
Word on my computer, I wouldn't be able to fill out this application.

Comment 1 peschtra 2005-03-18 00:43:35 UTC
Created attachment 23980 [details]
Application with fields
Comment 2 michael.ruess 2005-03-18 07:12:41 UTC
MRU>FLR: the attached file is an RTF. The RTF filtershould handle these text
form fields like the Word filter and onvert them to Writer "Input fields".
Comment 3 xaliger 2005-12-06 10:18:17 UTC
I have the same problem. 

It's caused by different interpretation of:
{\field{\*\fldinst {\ul\insrsid1266899 FORMTEXT } ...}

OOO interpret it as field for variable named "formtext", Word let write any 
value to it (input field). So OOO copy value to all FORMTEXT fields.

FORMTEXT is pretty common field in MS Word - so mine I vote for this issue.
Comment 4 xaliger 2005-12-06 11:37:30 UTC
I played with this a little more. OOO behave nicer when FORMTEXT is formfield 
with \ffname specified (variable is named "FORMTEXT name" then) It usually is 
specified when crafted in MS Word, but sometimes is not.

I also noticed two other, but connected issues:
{\fldrslt {\u8194\'20\u8194\'20\u8194\'20\u8194\'20\u8194\'20}}
is not rendered well. this is placeholder Word sometimes insert into empty 
formfields. It should render as five non-breaking spaces. But OOO renders them 
as boxes - default character (on winXP)

FORMTEXT is form text field. But there are others like FORMCHECKBOX in the 
original attachment.
Comment 5 Mathias_Bauer 2006-01-20 15:19:16 UTC
We will not be able to fix that one until code freeze for 2.0.2 -> retargetted
to 3.0
Comment 6 Mathias_Bauer 2006-07-04 14:12:44 UTC
Due to missing resources retargetted to "OOo Later"
Comment 7 xaliger 2006-07-04 16:03:33 UTC
:-( I think, it should be pretty easy change in rtf import filter. Of course, 
not a top priority, but it could improve compatibility with existing 
documents/applications which uses rtf output.

Side note: We have (atleast) two customers, which want to switch to OOO (both 
municipalities with ~50 workstations). But they hesitate, becouse of our 
applications output rtf documents, which looks ugly/corrupted in OOO. Fixing 
that could start some wave of switching among those customers. Of course, I 
could not guarantee anything.

[there are more issues around rtf]
Comment 8 Mathias_Bauer 2006-08-30 15:30:16 UTC
assigning to hbrinkm
Comment 9 doug_holton 2009-03-29 21:01:14 UTC
I am seeing this in OpenOffice 3.0.1, too.

Download and open this word document:

Scroll down and click on a checkbox or something. Save it and close it, then
re-open it and scroll down.

Instead of checkboxes and text fields you'll see FORMCHECKBOX and FORMTEXT.

It does appear to work though if I first re-save the original doc file in .odt
format first.  Then the checkboxes and so forth remain even after editing,
saving and re-opening.

I also reported this here:
Comment 10 brentford01 2009-04-19 10:32:03 UTC
Created attachment 61670 [details]
Winword file with Formtext and Formcheckbox
Comment 11 brentford01 2009-04-19 10:37:34 UTC
I have the same issue on suse 11.1 with oo and 3.0.1 as doug_holton
describes. I attached an example. Opening works fine, saving seems to cause the
problem, after reopening the file there are FORMTEXT and FORMCHECKBOX messages
all over the place instead of the actual forms.
Comment 12 xaliger 2009-08-25 15:17:18 UTC
I just found very severe bug in OOO 3.1.0 (not checked with older OOo releases)

When you attempt to _change_ the value of field in RTF document, you can only 
enter numbers. But most FORMTEXT fields are supposed to be text fields (see 
\fftypetxt property).

All other bugs described in this issue are still valid in 3.1.0 as well.
Comment 13 kpalagin 2010-06-17 13:51:17 UTC
Maybe for 3.4?
Comment 14 Mike A. 2011-12-29 14:01:19 UTC
Created attachment 77092 [details]
update form containg fields
Comment 15 Mike A. 2011-12-29 14:19:18 UTC
I received the file 'update form containing fields' (Status Update Form.doc) from an agency and tried to fill in the fields using OO3.3 - couldn't. The author indicated it was created using Office/Word 2003. I was able to supply the update using Word 2000.

Additionally, I booted Ubuntu 10.10 with OO3.2.1 - was able to update form.

Switched back to Winxp pro sp3, removed OO3.3 and installed OO3.2.1 - able to fill in form.

With all due respect, since this feature has been available in Word for more than 10 years and and OO support has been 'spotty' it may be appropriate to bump the importance level for this bug.
Comment 16 Rainer Bielefeld 2013-07-08 05:22:04 UTC
Still Reproducible with server installation of  "AOO 4.0.0-Dev – English UI / German locale [AOO400m2(Build:9701)  -  Rev. 1489073  2013-06-03 13:48:37]" on WIN7 Home Premium (64bit)", own separate user profile:

0. Open sample document "2005-03-18 01:43 CET, peschtra" from AOO Start Center
1. Scroll to page 2
   > You will see Variables Fields for Name-Last, Name-First, ...
2. Click into middle of field for Name-Last
   Expected: Caret flashed in filed so that you can type some contents
   Actual: Caret will flash in front of field, Typing will add text in front of
           field instead into field

Additional info:
a) You can get text into user-fields after a double click, but that is 
b) Checkboxes do not work at all
c) I remember to have seen this issue also in LibO for all OS (But I can't  
   remember or find the Bug no.), so (also due to Comment 15)  OS to ALL
d) I frequently see that such .doc questionnaires what can not be edited 
   (or at least only with difficulties) with AOO
e) Competitors:
e1) LibO: Bug is fixed.
e2) Symphony: Completely unusable, most fields not shown.
e3) SoftMaker FreeOffice: Checkboxes work fine, but I did not find a way to
    insert contents to User Fields
e4) Calligra: Completely unusable, fields not shown.
Comment 17 Marcus 2017-05-20 11:15:27 UTC
Reset assigne to the default "".