Highlights in reader, when nested, overwrite one another

Bug #1991597 reported by Rainshoots
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Bug Description

When annotations are nested in Reader, the outer-most highlight overwrite everything in between and there is no easy way to recover notes that's been lost.

Nested highlights can happen accidentally due to cursor orientation.

Example: [1[2][3]]

Notes within [2] and [3] would be gone when [1] is applied.


Calibre version: 5.37
OS: Ubuntu 22.04, iOS 16.0.2 (Calibre Server)

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Kovid Goyal (kovid) wrote :

I dont see what calibre can do here. It cannot know that the user didnt mean
to overwrite the existing highlights. And a confirmation popup is
redundant since the new highlight only takes effect if explicitly

At best it could automatically append notes form overwritten highlights
to the new highlight, but I can see this being fairly

Changed in calibre:
status: New → Invalid
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Rainshoots (astyh83) wrote :

Can an undo function be implemented so that obliterated notes can be recovered?


Fix the highlight function so that nested highlights don't happen accidentally: Eg. Warn the user before a nested highlight takes place.

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Rainshoots (astyh83) wrote :

In my case, the front cursor flew off the screen, spanning entire chapters when I proceeded with the highlight, not knowing what is about to happen; an entire set of notes has been lost.

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Kovid Goyal (kovid) wrote :

Ah, you are on iOS. No wonder. Well, I will add a confirmation popup for iOS when a highlight contains existing highlights.

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Kovid Goyal (kovid) wrote : Fixed in master

Fixed in branch master. The fix will be in the next release. calibre is usually released every alternate Friday.

 status fixreleased

Changed in calibre:
status: Invalid → Fix Released
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