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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Open Office Web Developer Tool
Date Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:36:23 GMT
There is a limited web development tool built into OpenOffice.

It is called Writer/Web.

You can see it in action by

 1. Opening an HTML file in Writer, or
 2. On the Apache OpenOffice Start Page, 
    Choose Templates | New Document | HTML Document,
 3. Start a Writer document and save it as an 
    HTML Document (which will switch to Writer/Web)

You can also save an HTML document as an HTML Template (.oht) file.  This can be used as a
starter template for creating HTML pages.

You can get a Web Browser preview when in Writer/Web.

What is not provided is an easy way to coordinate authoring with a web server -- you can access
shared folders on web servers, but there is no integration of the kind provided by FrontPage
and other products.  There is no integration with FrontPage Extensions, WebDAV for site authoring,
or with a version control system that is tied into a web site's page management.

I imagine there are plug-ins that could help with this, but I don't know that any are particularly

 - Dennis

PS: I still use FrontPage 2003, which is pretty stable although no longer under development.
 Microsoft's free Visual Web Developer Express versions will also coordinate with web servers.
 Interoperability with Front Page extensions does not coordinate with the Front Page Extensions
check-out and check-in for coordinated source-control though.  If FTP deployment works for
you, that might work well enough.

-----Original Message-----
From: Raphael Bircher [] 
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2012 12:07
Subject: Re: Open Office Web Developer Tool


This is not a general answare, it's my personal option only. First of
all, I'm happy, that you like Apache OpenOffice. Thanks for using it,
and thanks for your feedback.

Now about the Web Development Tool. For my point of view a clear no.
First, it's not realy the task of a Office Suite to create webpages. 2.
There are other tools who are only focused on this. For Exemple
BlueGriffon (Open Source) or Dreamweaver (Proprietary). 3. Only a verry
small Userbase from the over all user base will use it. You need to
know, this is not a easy feature. A compleet WYSIWYG Web Editor is a
very complex programm, and compleet defferent from a Office Suite. This
means, that we have to add a load of new code wich makes our software
fat. This can not be our goal.

To make a good program, you have to concentrate on one area. With a
Office Suite we have allready a bit area. So I see no reason, why we
should extend it. As said, this is my personal Option. Other people
probabily have different points of views.

Greetings Raphael

Am 23.09.12 18:34, schrieb D Wiemers:
> Hello,
>      My name is Daniel Wiemers. I have been using Open office for the last 6 months,
and I love it! I wanted to tell you how much I like it, and thank you for the time and effort
you have devoted in developing it.
>      Have you ever thought to make a web development tool like Microsoft Front Page?
I think it would be a wonderful addition to Open Office, and many people would find it very
useful as Front Page seems to have been left unfinished, convoluted, confusing, and frustrating.
I think a lot of people would like to make basic web pages, maybe with some buttons, a background,
videos, java, stuff like that, and I have found that finding good web development tools, even
if you are willing to pay a lot of money for them, is not easy. I really like Open Office,
and I find it easy to use and easy to learn. I think Open Office would be a great company
to make a shareware web development tool, that is easy to use and easy to learn.
> Thank you,
> -Daniel

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