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From Jürgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS]: I would like to propose a new conversion mode parameter
Date Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:48:30 GMT
On 8/21/12 3:46 AM, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Jürgen Schmidt <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> OpenOffice is not only used as desktop application but also as hidden
>> part of other software and often as a conversion engine in the backend.
>> OpenOffice has very good filters for many file formats and the usage as
>> a conversion engine is straight forward. And the conversion from one
>> format into another can be improved and optimized by some special
>> handling of parts of the document.
>> For example external linked parts can be ignored and don't have to be
>> loaded during conversion, embedded images can be simply copied etc.
>> I would like to improve AOO for this kind of usage by introducing a new
>> parameter "-conversionmode". It's not comparable with the command line
>> parameter "-headless" or the "hidden" property for loadComponentFromUrl().
>> The intention of this new global option is to have it available
>> everywhere in the underlying code to optimize the performance of the
>> conversion.
> It is an interesting idea.  Perhaps in the future it could be combined
> with a #define and its own makefile so we could compile the project
> for this purpose specifically, perhaps having a smaller memory
> footprint.  Or do you think you can get most of the benefit with
> run-time flags alone?

probably not and it can be a combination of both. I think mechanisms to
exclude specific code at compile time will provide further
opportunities. This can evolve over time and we can make use of this on


> -Rob
>> This should have no influence/impact on the normal workflow but will
>> help to make AOO potentially more attractive for backend usage. Means it
>> will help to grow the broader eco-system around AOO.
>> Juergen

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