From: Rony G. Flatscher <Rony.Flatscher@wu...> - 2012-11-17 11:41:47
the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) received OpenOffice (AOO) and the so-called ODF toolkit for
incubation. AOO has been promoted to an accepted, top-level ASF project.
OpenOffice/AOO/LibreOffice stores the documents in the standardized ODF format and serves as a GUI
editor for these file types.
The ODF toolkit is a totally independent set of functionalities implemented in a Java class library.
Using BSF4ooRexx Java gets camouflaged as ooRexx and therefore one can use ooRexx to create or
modify ODF documents.
Of course, due to the AOO/OpenOffice/LibreOffice support built-into BSF4ooRexx one is also able to
directly interact with AOO to create/modify ODF documents.
A student, Günter Mayer, has created an introductionary proof-of-concept work which explains and
demonstrates how to interact with the ODF toolkit and take advantage of AOO for specific AOO
functionality (like creating a PDF rendering of an ODF document).
His work can be downloaded (PDF document plus his code that he explains in the document) from:
As you will see by looking through the code (one little ooRexx program that can be executed without
a change in the code on Linux, MacOSX and Windows!), it can be quite easy to use this infrastructure.
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