Issue 60294 - In vertically merged table cells last para and first para of next cell become one paragraph
Summary: In vertically merged table cells last para and first para of next cell become...
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Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Reported: 2006-01-10 05:10 UTC by raindrops
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:38 UTC (History)
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Sample document to demonstrate problem (6.51 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2006-01-10 10:30 UTC, michael.ruess
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Description raindrops 2006-01-10 05:10:12 UTC
Summary: When table cells belonging to the same column are merged (vertically),
the last paragraph of the upper cell gets appended to the first paragraph of the
lower cell.

The formatting/style (bullet/paragraph) of the first paragraph of the lower cell
gets lost.

The user has two recourses, both unpleasant:

1. Place the curson at the end of the upper cell (or in the beginning of the
lower cell), and press ENTER. After this, merge the cell. 

Note that if the upper cell contains a bulletted list at the end, pressing ENTER
will create a new bulletled item (with a blank line). This extra bullet might
confuse the user as to what to do with it; but it vanishes when the cells are

2. Merge the cells, and then separate the lines that got mixed up. You have to
re-format the first paragraph of the second cell afresh.
Desired behavior: Alow the user to merge cells without affecting the lines.

At least, give a user-selectable option to separate the two cells' contents with
a linefeed.
Comment 1 michael.ruess 2006-01-10 10:30:22 UTC
Created attachment 33085 [details]
Sample document to demonstrate problem
Comment 2 michael.ruess 2006-01-10 10:43:39 UTC
MRU->FME: see attached sample, merge the filled cells vertically -> the last and
the first paragraph of the follow cell will be merged together
When there are more than one paragraph in a cell, I do not think, that it is the
expected result. If there are two cells with only one paragraph in each, this
may be desired...
Comment 3 raindrops 2006-01-11 05:08:45 UTC
Raindrops -> MRU

IMHO even if the table has a single paragraph in each cell, merging may NOT be
desired by the author.

Typical examples:
1. Both cells have bulleted lists. In that case, two list items will get merged.
2. The first cell has a paragraph, and the second cell has a bulleted list.
3. The cells have bulleted lists with two different styles/levels.

So as I said, it is better to give a toggle-able control to the user. (Either in
the Program options; or in the dialog's own options.)