[PATCH] FILESAVE: Empty custom properties are lost while saving in .doc format

Tarun Kumar tarun.k.kumar at ericsson.com
Tue Mar 4 23:43:16 PST 2014

Hi Michael

Many thanks for the review.

....i'm not sure whether it is better or worse to store e.g. an Author 
property that is empty; have you thought about this? ..

[Tarun] In most of the big organizations, workflow systems require some 
of the custom properties to be present which are later populated via the 
system. For example. Once a document is prepared, it is sent for review 
to an employee. Once the Review is done online through the system, 
Reviewer (and Review_date) property is populated by the system 
automatically. Similarly, once a document is approved, Approver (and 
Approved_date) property is populated by the system. To make the document 
(and other systems) compatible with each other, these properties are to 
be created first and these system can then update the properties.

I am going to provide git patch and will also revert back to on the 
email (once done)


On 03/04/2014 01:51 AM, Michael Stahl wrote:
> On 26/02/14 08:07, Tarun Kumar wrote:
>> Hi,
>> The Bug is filed and accepted at: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=75243
>> Steps to reproduce:
>> 1. Open Writer and use a document .doc
>> 2. Add it a custom property. Don't enter any value for the property
>> 3. Save it and close Writer
>> 4. Open again Writer and use same document recently saved.
>> 5. Custom property is lost.
> hi Tarun,
> agreed, custom properties should be saved even if empty.
>> Attached is a patch that solves the problem. Patch is also attached to the bug.
>> Please consider this patch for inclusion.
> great, your patch fixes the problem!
> looking at sfx2/source/doc/docinf.cxx there are numerous calls (affected
> by your patch) to the function SetStringValue with static ID, and i'm
> not sure whether it is better or worse to store e.g. an Author property
> that is empty; have you thought about this?

> also, could you please create the patch with "git commit" and put the
> bug ID "fdo#75243" in the first line of the commit message, and then
> "git format-patch HEAD~".

I declare that this and my further patches are under LGPLv3+ / MPL license.

> great, feel free to add yourself to
>   https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Developers
> regrads,
>   michael

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