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On Fri, 17 May 2013, Girvin R. Herr wrote:

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

I have tried these.  They make no difference.

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.

Interesting; I didn't know one could do that.  The content.xml file 
shows the following (the "..." part is where I erased a lot of 
irrelevant material; I also wrapped a couple of long lines):

<text:span text:style-name="T3"> </text:span>
<field:fieldmark-start text:name="__Fieldmark__24_1596095481"
<field:param field:name="vnd.oasis.opendocument.field.code"
 field:value=" ADDIN EN.CITE &lt;EndNote&gt; ... "/>
<field:param field:name="" field:value="81"/>
<text:span text:style-name="T5">(9)</text:span>
<text:span text:style-name="T1"> </text:span>
<text:span text:style-name="T2">Normal again.

I don't know enough to interpret all that, but clearly there is a field 
of a sort that LibreOffice isn't ready to handle.

Is there some way to get this information from within LibreOffice 
itself?  I would that the field name and/or value should be accessible.

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

Maybe.  I don't see where in there the field is marked as readonly.

Alan Stern

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