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The reason for this document not working correctly has nothing to do with LO and it's capabilities or lack thereof. Brian covered a number of work arounds, but the primary one for it not working and the supposedly editable fields, if we all observe correctly, is that the document opens from the web, in LibreOffce as a "Read Only" form, no way in hell it will allow input in this state. And I have just tried it on my wife's laptop running MS Office 2010, it does the same i.e. "Read Only". This is the fault or intent of the webmasters with this document. And I tested this in both Linux and Windows on my system with LO.

So again Brian has covered what one can do, and I was able to save it to my drive as a .docx and open it fine in a now non-read only state and fill it in, and then save it as a .docx IN LO.


Andrew Brown

On 07/08/2013 06:02 PM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 07:28 07/08/2013 -0700, Gilles Noname wrote:
LibreOffice Write is unable to let me fill this form:

Apparently, it's filled with macros. Does someone have an idea how to fill this?

One solution: open it in Microsoft Word (apologies to those who see these as dirty words!), save it as .doc instead of .docx, and open that in LibreOffice (perhaps then saving that as .odt). I'll send you the result. You may need to readjust the vertical spacing.

While you are at it, you might want to explain to the originators:
1) they ought not to be requiring their customers to have particular proprietary software available, 2) they could make life easier anyway by distributing as .doc instead of .docx, and 3) being in Northern Ireland (part of the UK), they should be providing documents in the international standard A4 format, not the Letter format used by a very few non-standard countries.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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