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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: html code generated from Open Office
Date Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:21:09 GMT
You need to download and read the OASIS ODF Specification.  Since you are interested specifically
in Writer, you might as well start with ODF 1.1 (a single document).  You can get all of the
bits at
The ODT file is a Zip file that has multiple parts of the document as XML files within the
You can see such a file by renaming it.  E.g., rename test.odt to and open it
as a Zip.  Then rename it back.
The specification for OpenOffice 1.0 XML format does not apply to any version of OpenOffice
since ODF was adopted and implemented.
Also, the special Office Writer Web format is not singled out in the ODF specification.  What
I suggest you do is make test documents and save them as HTML Document (OpenOffice Writer)
and see what is produced.  Also, open such a document in Writer to see how it comes up.
The latest specification is ODF 1.2.  It is much larger and only Part 1 and Part 3 apply to
Writer.  (Part 2 is all about spreadsheet formulas.)
You also might want to take a look at the new Corinthia project which is interested in document
conversions using HTML as an intermediary.
-   Dennis
From: Howard Morris (aka Col Boogie) [] 
Sent: Monday, January 5, 2015 20:36
Subject: html code generated from Open Office
The reason I joined Open Office was to enhance the html code generated from writer.
For now, I have constructed html code to upload an html file generated by Open Office and
PHP code to tweak that code and download a better version. Everything I have doe so far is
in the attached file. Explanations are in Readme.txt
I would have liked to have done this directly, but when I asked how to get there, I was directed
to a site where I could download all the modules one by one, and there seemed to be hundreds
of them and no indication what any of them contained with dubious directions how to put them
together. This is not how I like to do things, so I went the other way for now.
I seem to have run across documentation that Open Office puts its files internally into a
XML format. If I could extract the XML directly from the .odt file I could do everything from
there. Assuming that is true, is there an updated copy of
? I would hope that whoever is doing the documentation keeps that up to date. It will take
me at least 20 hours to read that document, but at least I will retain most of it the first
Howard Morris

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