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From J├╝rgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: [EXT] Actual expanded value of %origin% for toolbar and menu images
Date Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:25:30 GMT
On 11/08/14 10:57, Amenel VOGLOZIN wrote:
> Hi,
> This message is just to bring a peculiarity of the SDK to the attention of the subscribers
to this mailing list.
> Summary: as of AOO 4.1.0, %origin% is expanded into the "Office" folder in the "registry"
subtree of your project (and installed extension).
> Details follow.
> The context: I was trying to add icons to the toolbar and menu commands of an extension
I'm developing. I ended up following the pages at these addresses:
> *
> *
> I couldn't get the images to appear although I was certain the URLs were fine. Therefore,
I went back to creating a dummy add-on project in NetBeans so I could see which URL would
be generated.
> Instead of the %origin%/images/img.png pattern that I was using (and which is used in
the second Wiki page mentioned above), the auto-generated Addons.xcu file had %origin%/../../../../../images/img.png
> Images are found and displayed with the string of ".." parent folders but not without
these double dots. Apparently, %origin% does not point to the root folder in which the extension
is installed (AddOn\build\soffice_debug\user\uno_packages\cache\uno_packages\svfj5eg0.tmp_\AddOn.oxt\
in my case), which seems (to me) to diverge from what the Wiki says. Maybe that the definition
of %origin% could be updated in the Wiki or checked/clarified?
> The conclusion that I come to is that %origin% gets expanded into [the 
> pretty long] 
> AddOn\build\soffice_debug\user\uno_packages\cache\uno_packages\svfj5eg0.tmp_\AddOn.oxt\registry\data\org\openoffice\Office\
and not "just" 
> AddOn\build\soffice_debug\user\uno_packages\cache\uno_packages\svfj5eg0.tmp_\AddOn.oxt\
as I thought, reading the current Wiki.

your observation is correct and it is misleading that %origin% is
expanded to the folder where the xcu file is stored. A poor design or
bug if you want. The plugin takes care of this and referenced images
relatively as you noticed.


> Here is the complete scenario:
> * In NetBeans, create a new Apache OpenOffice Add-On project.
> * On the Define User Commands page of the wizard, pick a 16x16 PNG image as the small
low-contrast image.
> * Don't select anything as to the context. Finish the wizard. You'll see a bunch of "/.."
in Addons.xcu.
> * Right-click the project and select Debug Extension in Target Apache OpenOffice. The
image is displayed.
> * Exit. Then modify the URL (in Addons.xcu) to remove the parent folders in the path.
> * Debug again. The image isn't displayed.
> * Create a "images2" folder in registry/data/org/openoffice/Office/
> * Copy your image in there and change its name to img2.png. Also change the path in Addons.xcu.
> * In build.xml, add the XML fragment that is below this list of steps.
> * Debug with and without the ".." parent folders in the path. You'll have your images
displayed in both cases.
>     <target name="-post-uno-package">
>         <zip update="true" destfile="${}">
>             <zipfileset dir="registry/data/org/openoffice/Office/images2" includes="*"
casesensitive="yes" prefix="registry/data/org/openoffice/Office/images2" />
>         </zip>
>     </target>
> Used:
> * NetBeans 8.0
> * AOO API Plugin  4.0.6
> * AOO 4.1.0
> Can someone who has access to the Wiki update the relevant page?
> Regards.

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