From time to time I receive .docx email attachments from local groups, such
as colleges or community organizations, which may display with varying
amounts of success. Recently, I received such a .docx as a mail attachment
which only displays partial text.
My goal is to gather sufficient information to file a meaningful bug report
in the hopes of corrective action being taken to help make LibreOffice more
robust by properly displaying documents such as this. If there is an
unreleased fix or existing unresolved bug report, please inform me.
The .docx file in question has 2 visible pictures (on left side of page),
each in some sort of box of their own, and 3 other colored boxes (2 colored
boxes in right side of page and one full width box across bottom third of
page). One of the colored boxes (topmost rightmost) has text in it that I
can see. The other 2 boxes (right-middle, and bottom) have no visible text.
This is the problem area.
I used 7-Zip to extract the .docx to files, and skimmed through the
convoluted .xml soup -- using NotePad++ -- and found that the missing text
was locations, times and topics for some guest speaker series. There may
also be some embedded or inline images, as I recognized some base64 content
mixed in as well. Perhaps bullet points or backgrounds. I did not explore
I would share the offending document, but it is not completely anonymized,
and I have no software with which to open it and anonymize and retain the
same bug. Perhaps I could manually edit the .xml text areas. Then there
are the images, which I must decade and save as external files, to
anonymyze, re-encode, and then adjust any byte counts.
Finally, not sure if 7-Zip can create the exact same zip container, or if
that matters? I'd have to get the 7-Zip compression settings right, usually
reduce dictionary and word size options to minimums (has worked for .xpi and
.jar files in the past, why not .docx). Assuming I could anonymize and
retain the errant behavior, would it then be helpful to determine the source
of the bug?
Can anyone think of any other troubleshooting I might try, either as
LO/Writer options, or raw .xml edits, or both?
Also note and please respect that within the context of this thread, I (and
likely many others) have no interest to debate the wheretos and whyfors of
assigning blame (to someone or something else), or denial that it is a
compatibility problem (belonging to LO), or other evasive tacts.
This is not a mere formatting problem to be ignored, simply because some
text is fonted wrongly, image positioned oddly, and so on. Text here is not
displaying at all. If I have to unarchive and muck about in .xml files,
that speaks to me of an issue of compatibility which must be resolved or
worked around in some way with a more graceful degradation of document
quality than to drop things on the floor and walk away with fingers in ears
singing, "la la la can't hear you".
In other similar threads over the years, I have noticed a peculiar tendency
of some people to insist on inserting such defensive and evasive commentary
any time an issue of compatibility is raised. Please don't waste time or
energy on such responses, nor responding to such responses. It is not
helpful to this specific issue at hand.
Should a prolonged discussion of such things be so strongly desired by
anyone, feel free to start a new thread on that specific topic, and leave
this one alone. Perhaps I will then say a few words on the topic in that
thread, sufficient to communicate most of these sentiments. But I ask
please that such dialog not be included here, for the sake of a streamlined
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