[Upstream] Can't open formatted html files with extension xls in Libreoffice 3.5.3

Bug #996596 reported by Julian Alarcon on 2012-05-08
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libreoffice (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Using the LibreOffice PPA 3.5.3 in 10.04:

or 12.04 proposed repo 3.5.3, I got a wizard to import text to file opening the xls file https://bugs.freedesktop.org/attachment.cgi?id=57213 .

This does not occur in Ubuntu 12.04 LibreOffice 3.5.2, so this is a regression.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: libreoffice-calc 1:3.5.3-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-24.37-generic 3.2.14
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-24-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu7
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue May 8 10:22:47 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Alpha amd64 (20120306)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: libreoffice
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Created attachment 57213
Bank's xls info file

Just look into attached file!
Open it in MS Word 2003 and do the same in LibreOffice 3.5!
See the great difference :-(((

Seems that everything looks good but it is not what I expected from 3.5 release!

Does not look good is a too vague description.

With a WIN 3.5.0 RC I see a rather useful spreadsheet (see screenshot comparison), "LibreOffice (RC2) German UI/Locale [Build-ID: 235ab8a-3802056-4a8fed3-2d66ea8-e241b80] on German WIN7 Home Premium (64bit) shows text source with lots of HTML tags.

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Julian Alarcon (julian-alarcon) wrote :
Julian Alarcon (julian-alarcon) wrote :

Maybe this is related to this bug that was fixed: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=40021
resolved CSV import got confused by erroneous HTML detection

Changed in libreoffice (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: regression-proposed
removed: regression
description: updated
tags: added: needs-bisect
summary: - Can't open formatted html files with extension xls in Libreoffice 3.5.3
+ [Upstream] Can't open formatted html files with extension xls in
+ Libreoffice 3.5.3
tags: removed: libreoffice
Changed in libreoffice (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix

Assuming a xls file to be read as HTML is not valid or sane requirement. see http://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/core/commit/?id=a5eadc6aaafec92df23c57e258882a2c98ece0ad => WONTFIX

User assumes xls-file containing html-data to be read not as CSV. I would assume that defaulting to import as CSV in Calc is sane in cases where the file could contain multiple forms of data (while storing html in a .xls-File clearly isnt).

Dropping importance and severity for pathogenic cornercase and adding regression keyword.

CC'ing erack for maybe thinking of an even more sophisticated DWIM-logic for a further 3.5 release or closing as WONTFIX by own judgeing.

Setting the correct release version (here regression in 3.5.3) sometimes helps the developer to not waste time ...

Eike Rathke committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":


resolved fdo#46233 value >12 with AM/PM can't be clock time

Damn, that was a fix for bug 47149 instead.

"Bug 49639 - FILEOPEN html content .xls files shows text.csv with html tags instead of Spreadsheet contents" seems to be a DUP?!

*** Bug 49639 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Actually bug 49639 is not a duplicate of this.
1. The submitter talks about difference between MS Word 2003 and
   LibreOffice 3.5, so this does not seem to be Calc.
2. Submitted on 2012-02-17 it can't be the regression of bug 49639
   introduced with 3.5.3
3. Bjoern's comment #3 is a wrong assumption then because in 3.5.0 the
   file wasn't imported as CSV.

=> Submitter should clarify what he actually expected.
Removing regression keyword, setting NEEDINFO, back to default owner.

Changed in df-libreoffice:
importance: Unknown → Low
status: Unknown → Confirmed

*** Bug 50046 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Have the same problem.
My spreadsheet is generated as HTML on web server, it is given extension .xls.
This file can be automatically opened by MS Office, OpenOffice, and LibreOffice~<3.5.3. LibreOffice3.5.3 handles these files as plain text files.
Historically, spreadsheet applications can save spreadsheets in HTML format, and automatically open these files, if they are given .xls extension.

Please don't change the Version field to newer, it indicates in which version the problem was first perceived.

Andrej, it seems your problem is a different one, as you indicated it worked for versions <3.5.3 it sounds pretty much like bug 49639, please check if release 3.5.4 fixes that for you.

This bug is still present on LibreOffice 4.0.2-0ubuntu5 and Ubuntu 13.10.

I have experienced the same or similar problem. I have a generated .xls file with HTML content (see attached file: test_gracz.xls).

- OS: win7
- LibO:

Steps to reproduce:
1. Open the attached file (test_gracz.xls)
2. Choose one of the option (it is irrelevant) from the "Import option" pop up window.

Few random character is generated in cell A1.

Expected result:
LibO should import the file correctly.

Created attachment 102372
test file by <email address hidden>

(In reply to comment #13)
> I have experienced the same or similar problem.
No, that's another problem. Please open a new bug for it.

> Result:
> Few random character is generated in cell A1.
Those aren't "random" characters, but the UTF-8 BOM (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byte_order_mark#UTF-8).

Actually this bug should be in NEEDINFO status, because the original reporter didn't answer Eike's question (comment 9).

Changed in df-libreoffice:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
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