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Alan Stern wrote:
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
Did you try viewing hidden objects?
Check the following:
View -> Field Names
View -> Nonprinting Characters
View -> Hidden Paragraphs

Maybe one of those will make your "hidden characters" visible and give you a clue as to what it is doing.

Another more painful option could be to unzip the file and look at the text to see what is there at these "hidden" characters, optionally editing it out manually.

Third, maybe another ODF processor, such as KDE's editor, Kword, may not support this readonly attribute and allow you to edit it normally.

Hope these suggestions help.
Girvin Herr

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