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Re: OpenOffice.org update



This is great news. I ask for DocBook XML format for magazine articles,
but some writers aren't that savvy, so they send me OO.org Writer files.
I'll play around with the export and let you know how well it works.

Tammy

On Wed, 2005-06-29 at 09:47 -0400, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> Re: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=158903
> 
> OpenOffice.org DocBook XML "save as" function now works as expected.
> Note that you need to have openoffice.org-javafilter package installed,
> else you will end up with an empty file saved, and/or an OO.o crash.
> 
> Note also that if you try to open the saved .xml file, the import
> filtering is *not* working and you will lose all formatting information.
> You can simply save a native .odt (OpenDocument Text) format document,
> using that as your working copy until you are ready to export a copy for
> use in CVS.
> 
> The only useful purpose I can see for using OO.o in this fashion is to
> make quick document sketches that use only <section>, <title>, and
> <para>.  There is probably plenty of other DocBook stuff that is
> well-implemented, but I haven't tried to suss it all out, and don't have
> any plans to do so.  If there's anyone out there with the wealth of
> knowledge it would take to get working XSLT (and DocBook styles) for
> some of the more esoteric DocBook used by FDP, particularly admonitions
> and <variablelist>s, have at it!  I'm not even sure how that would work,
> but I imagine OO.o must have functions to allow users to point to extra
> XSLT stuff just as it does styles.
> 
> The upshot is that rank beginners who are not friendly with Emacs, vi,
> or any other more UNIX-y tools now have a shot at drafting docs with
> minimal pain.  The resulting DocBook XML will be uncluttered and readily
> understandable by the author.  The editor can now proceed to introduce
> the author to additional DocBook-ism.
> 
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