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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Is there a way to extract text on a page basis from odt ?
Date Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:03:14 GMT
I think the answer is you can't get there from here today, and it will be an unpredictable
time before the answer would change.

 - Dennis

JUST FOR FUN, More questions:

Where are you seeing what the pages are?  

That is, what are you looking at where you see what is page X, what is on page X, and what
are those things that apply to it (headers, footers, notes, frames, tables, etc.).  What do
you have to say to go to page X directly and have it in view?

It is important that the OpenDocument Format is not page oriented (in contrast with final
forms like PDFs that are).  I think you understand that from the APIs.

It is some ODF Consumer that puts together the presentation you are looking at.  There is
no normative answer to those questions looking at the ODF format alone.  It is pretty much
all determined by an ODF Consumer.  What Consumer are you using that you see the pages that
you are interested in?

For the time being, it appears that you need to rely on the programmability of that consumer,
if any, to be able to derive page-relative actions, because you are interested in features
of the rendered document, not the recorded format.

Unless there is a simpler way of addressing a concrete case that could work well enough in
the short term.  (Mining PDFs might be better, but there might not be enough structure left.
 There are doubtless tools for working on PDFs that might address your problem.)

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Ram Kane
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2011 06:56
Subject: Re: Is there a way to extract text on a page basis from odt ?

Thanks all for the replies.

> It seems best to revisit the problem statement and extract a
> grounded case: What is the problem that needs to be solved;
> what are the constraints on an acceptable solutions.
> Ram, can you please say more about the problem you want to solve?
> What would be the simplest-acceptable result?

I need to extract content for a given page inside a doc. By content i
mean header, footer, footnotes, comments, main text from body.
I need to have the option of extracting each of these elements of the
page separately (extracting header for page X, footer for page X, body
text for page X) and not just getting all the content as a single

I've uploaded a doc that i found on your svn to use as an example here

Using the example doc and assuming that i need to extract content for
page 1, i'd need to extract:

    _ header ("ODFDOM in a header")
    _ footer ("ODFDOM in a footer")
    _ footnotes for page ("ODFDOM in a footnote")
    _ main text and all additional content in the page body (" ODFDOM
in a title ODFDOM in a section header ODFDOM in paragraph1 ..."

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