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On Fri, 17 May 2013, Michael Manning wrote:

This is very strange.  I have not seen this issue before.

After experimenting with the file for a bit, I found that
1. I saved the file to my disk
2. added a space at the beginning of the line
3 saved the file again
4. closed the file
5 opened the file in LibreOffice.  I found that the read-only protection
had been removed.  I was then able to edit that read-only area of the line
- as well as remove the space at the beginning of the line.

That doesn't work for me.

I would love to know how the file had been generated to cause this problem.

I don't know the exact details.  In outline, the file was originally 
created in Microsoft Word (probably on a Mac) and the readonly fields 
were added by way of the EndNote plugin.  I then imported the .doc file 
into LibreOffice and saved it in .odt format.

Does this sound like a bug?  Perhaps I should report it.

Here's another odd thing I encountered.  Moving the cursor one
character at a time (using the right-arrow key), I find what appears to
be two hidden characters: one at the beginning of the readonly field
and one at its end.

That is, start with the cursor just to the left of the blank space
before the "(9)" field.  Pressing right-arrow advances the cursor to
the right of the space, leaving it on the left-hand edge of the '('.  
Pressing right-arrow again doesn't move the cursor at all.  Pressing it
once more advances the cursor between the '(' and '9'.

Alan Stern

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