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From Eike Rathke <>
Subject Re: Open Office Help Wanted
Date Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:47:32 GMT
Hi Mathias,

On Thursday, 2011-07-14 14:59:01 +0200, Mathias Bauer wrote:

> For many use cases a simple tool that just reads the text contents in
> ODF documents and compares them would be enough already, IMHO. Perhaps
> we can create one as a start.

As a starter there are xmlpp and xmldiff from

I use xmlpp as a quick inspector for ODF content and it does its job
pretty well.

unzip -p "$1" content.xml styles.xml settings.xml | | vim -

To diff content one could use for example

unzip -p doc1.odt content.xml > doc1_content.xml
unzip -p doc2.odt content.xml > doc2_content.xml doc1_content.xml doc2_content.xml

xmldiff internally uses xmlpp with appropriate options so no need to
have an extra xmlpp preprocess step.

Hacking some special treatment of Writer paragraphs into xmlpp would
probably be possible.


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