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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Open Office Support (Re: Openoffice: keeping forrest styles loaded)
Date Thu, 08 Apr 2004 19:36:04 GMT
Reinhard Pötz wrote:
> Ross Gardler wrote:
> 
>> Reinhard Pötz wrote:
>>
>>> Jason End wrote:
>>>
>>>> You're right! I hadn't noticed that all documents work
>>>> like that. Seems kinda silly to me. I'm still on my crusade to allow 
>>>> non-tech people to
>>>> write documents for forrest.
>>>>  
>>>>
>>>
>>> For this reasons I added support for OpenOffice. Could you report 
>>> back your experiences with OO and Forrest? It would be very appreciated!
>>
>>
>>
>> I have done some work on OO integration, I have Writer and Impress 
>> files working with basic formatting. Basically, I have extended the 
>> work you did and am extracting style information from the sx* files as 
>> well. What does this mean? We are not restricted to using a particular 
>> template, we simply use the normal formatting rules.
>>
>> Of course, the problem with this is that the content could have a 
>> totally different look and feel to the main site. Do we see this as a 
>> major problem?
> 
> 
> 
> When I integrated OO I was looking for a way to write documentation in a 
> very simple way without having to learn a new tool. I have to admit that 
> I prefer extracting only the style-free content of an OO document in 
> order to get a common layout.
> 
> I think we can support both solutions: We can add special information to 
> the header which provides information that "only" the content should be 
> extracted. If this flag is not set your stylesheet is used. We should 
> also add a OpenOffice writer template (.stw file) for the convenience of 
> our users.
> WDYT?

This is a good idea, and one easily implenmeted.

> BTW, do you use the original XHTML export stylesheet of OpenOffice or 
> did you write your own one?

I started with your stylesheets and started extracting style information 
from the OO documents. At the moment this is presented as an embedded 
stylesheet, but I intend to create a stylesheet on the fly that is 
downloaded on demand.

Ross


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