Issue 70642 - Hidden text makes table cell inaccessible
Summary: Hidden text makes table cell inaccessible
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0.4
Hardware: PC Windows XP
: P4 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2006-10-20 10:29 UTC by pmike
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:37 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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sample doc (32.50 KB, application/msword)
2006-10-20 10:29 UTC, pmike
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Description pmike 2006-10-20 10:29:19 UTC
Open sample doc. Select by mouse the only word in third column and delete
selection (do not select whole cell, only the word). Switch ON "unprinable
chars", including paragraph marks. There is no paragraph shown in that table cell.

Saving document in ODT format and analysing content.xml reveals <text:span
text:style-name="T1"><text:s/>some_text</text:span> in that table cell. Maybe
hist is the reason of paragraph "disappearance".

I think this issue is NOT related to issue 55074.
Comment 1 pmike 2006-10-20 10:29:39 UTC
Created attachment 39907 [details]
sample doc
Comment 2 michael.ruess 2006-10-23 15:50:44 UTC
As you already mentioned, this is really not related to issue 55074.
Problem is, that the table cell contain s "hidden text". After deleting the
mentioned word, the rest of the table content is completely hidden; you can
enable this be switching on "Hidden text" in Tools.options.Writer.Formatting Aids.
Comment 3 michael.ruess 2006-10-23 15:51:17 UTC
Closed, not a bug.
Comment 4 pmike 2006-10-24 13:02:31 UTC
Yes, turning on "hidden text" reveals the text and paragraph mark beyond it.

However, "inaccessible cell" is annoying to average user, who does not know
about features like hidden text. I think cell must be accessible regardless
of presence of hidden text, and paragraph mark should be visible.
Comment 5 michael.ruess 2006-10-24 13:16:27 UTC
For a future build it could be good to make it more newbie friendly to access
table cells having whole content as "hidden text".
Comment 6 odalman 2009-01-15 06:03:38 UTC
I created a little test document, tried this and found that it is impossible to 
select a cell with hidden text using the mouse, for example to set the 
background colour. If I enabled control characters, it worked. But the strange 
thing is that in a real document that I have, enabling control characters will 
not show the hidden text. Furthermore, the toggle "show hidden paragraphs" in 
the view menu does not seem to have any effect. This is with openoffice 3.0.0 
on Gentoo.