Issue 5919 - Formulas entered as textfield in MS-Word are not imported
Summary: Formulas entered as textfield in MS-Word are not imported
Alias: None
Product: Math
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.0.0
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
Keywords: oooqa
: 50723 (view as issue list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2002-06-17 18:27 UTC by andreschnabel
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:39 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Issue Type: FEATURE
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Developer Difficulty: ---

example (30.00 KB, application/ms-word)
2002-06-17 18:30 UTC, andreschnabel
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Description andreschnabel 2002-06-17 18:27:17 UTC
When importing MS-Word documents, formulas entered as textfield (not
formulaobject) are not imported.
After saving the document as MS-Word, the formulas are lost completely.
Comment 1 andreschnabel 2002-06-17 18:30:14 UTC
Created attachment 2002 [details]
Comment 2 stefan.baltzer 2002-11-26 16:50:16 UTC
Rassigned to MRU.
Comment 3 michael.ruess 2002-11-28 16:02:34 UTC
Unfortunately there does not exist a corresponding feature for formula
fields in openOffice. Thus these fields are completely lost on import.
MRU->FT: does there exist a plan/proposal for such fields from Word?
Comment 4 falko.tesch 2003-01-24 14:23:24 UTC
Hi Andreas, I don't think we will implement such field in 1.1 but we
might map it to something sensible (or at least preserve the data as
long sa the document is not saved in OO format)
Comment 5 andreas.martens 2003-02-05 11:13:34 UTC
ÃMA->CMC: If you have a simple hack like import as plain text or so,
please do so. On the other hand we want to extend our field formats
for the OOo 2.0. We should set the target to OOo 2.0 when you've done
what could be done without to much effort for the OOo 1.1.
Comment 6 caolanm 2003-02-07 14:13:08 UTC
No we can't do plain text for this, other fields contain the
postrendered result of the fields, EQ's don't. We need to either
import them as equation field -> starmath, or a seperate field for it.
Can't do anything for 1.1 :-(
Comment 7 caolanm 2003-07-17 13:35:34 UTC
reopen to reassign
Comment 8 caolanm 2003-07-17 13:39:03 UTC
cmc->ama: This can only be imported/exported without loss if we have
an equation field like word's one. There is no previously generated
text result in a word formula field so we cannot even display that
instead. And converting it to a starmath formula would mean it
wouldn't be exported as a formula field anymore.

So I think back to you to decide if we want a comparable feature in
Comment 9 andreas.martens 2003-07-23 13:30:32 UTC
Ok, we've to estimate the effort for such new field and see what we
can do.
Comment 10 andreas.martens 2003-09-11 16:21:52 UTC
What do you think about this field type?
Comment 11 Oliver Specht 2003-09-12 07:25:00 UTC
Adding fields seems to be Hennings job now. 
We had such a field in the past. The effort to create a new one is not
the problem but the evaluation of the formula is.
Comment 12 openoffice 2003-09-25 10:38:27 UTC
Comment 13 jmgervais 2004-05-16 22:35:50 UTC
An alternative solution is to let the \EQ fields visible as simple text (may be
rounded with special characters like {{{EQ\f(1,2)}}}?) when importing .doc
files. They are completely lost in the current version.

Then a basic macro could be made, to translate this 'code' in a OOFormula...
A possible evolution?
<rem> please accept my low english langage level ;-) </rem>

Comment 14 andreas.martens 2004-06-18 13:24:57 UTC
Because of a shortage of resources we have to retarget this issue to OOo later. 
Comment 15 mantas 2004-10-04 09:40:15 UTC
In OpenOffice Writer 1.1.2 formula (=sum) in table is lost (but original value
of sum is displayed), when I save my document in Word 97/2000/XP format and
reopen this document from .doc file. Is this the same bug or I should report
another ?

I've tried to open same document with MS Word 97 and there formula is disapeared
too :(
It seems problem is not only with importing, but also with exporting to MS Word
97/2000/XP format.
I can attach sample document if you want.
Comment 16 andreschnabel 2004-10-04 18:39:56 UTC
> In OpenOffice Writer 1.1.2 formula (=sum) in table is lost (but original value
of sum is displayed), when I save my document in Word 97/2000/XP format and
reopen this document from .doc file. Is this the same bug or I should report
another ?

This is not the same problem, so you should file a new issue. You can cc me to
the new issue or send me a mail with the ID, so I'll go and verify it.
Comment 17 utomo99 2005-07-28 10:21:05 UTC
Comment 18 andreschnabel 2005-07-28 18:00:09 UTC
*** Issue 50723 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 19 andreschnabel 2005-07-28 18:04:39 UTC
changed component to reflect that this should be solved within Math.

Changed to Feature, as this is really a new feature
Comment 20 andreschnabel 2005-07-28 18:05:12 UTC
reassign to requirements
Comment 21 umr5174 2005-07-29 11:14:19 UTC
+ OOo pretends to be compatible with MS Word, so this serious defect should be
classified P2.
+ I don't know if the "version" has to be the version the bug was originally
found in, or the last version concerned by the bug, and cloph doesn't want
update version reports. I'm very afraid this issue will be forgotten again for
years, as being an old one. (This is why I had opened a different one for OOo 2.)
+ Subcomponent should probably not be "ui".
+ Still no target milestone ? (Maybe could be set to OOo 9 ?)
Comment 22 lohmaier 2005-07-29 16:52:39 UTC
umr5174: please get familiar with issue-handling guidelines.

Defect or Enhancement is not decided upon the subjective "feeling". It is
irrelevant whether the user sees this as a bug.
If programmers need to write new code, then it is a "Feature" in IssueZilla.<period>

regarding prio: OOo does not crash, it doesn't freeze, no functional area is
lost. -> It doesn't classify as P2 at all.

version-field: should stay at the version the issue was discovered/reported.
and yes: I don't want comments like "still occurs in version <foo>" - since the
issue-state shows the same information. Feel free to check issues and write
something like "doesn't occur anymore in version <foo>" - but esp. for
feature-requests or enhancements the "still occurs" message doesn't help at all.
Handling RFEs take more time since 
* ressources are very limited
* there are real defects that have to be fixed
* issue-planning for new features is not a contineous effort but done in phases.
* there are other fetures with a bigger impact

"ui" subcomponent is better than code. (or do you have some code?)

Stop whining about OOo-developers not implementing your oh-so-important feature.
The issues in your scope are only a very small part of the total number of
issues. One cannot implement anything.

What about investing the money you save with licensing costs to some
programmer(s) to implement the feature and then contribute the code? 
Comment 23 ace_dent 2008-05-16 00:38:58 UTC Issue Tracker - Feedback Request.

The Issue you raised is currently assigned to 'Requirements' pending review, but
has not been updated within the last 3 years. Please consider re-testing with
one of the latest versions of OOo, as the problem(s) may have already been
addressed. Either use the recent stable version:
or consider trying the new OOo 3 BETA (still in testing):
Please report back the outcome so this Issue may be Closed or Progressed as
necessary - otherwise it may be Resolved as Invalid in the future. You may also
wish to search for (and note) any duplicates of this Issue that may have
advanced further by checking the Issue Tracker:
Many thanks,
Cleaning-up and Closing old Issues as part of:
~ The Grand Bug Squash, pre v3 ~
Comment 24 solages 2008-05-16 06:02:56 UTC
You've just written exactly the opposite of what "cloph" replied just above...
Since nobody has produced anything since 2002 for this feature, this
incompatibility with MS Word is still here in my version 2.2.1.. And this is why
I've not been wasting my time describing OOo bugs any more since july 2005. Regards.