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NewsForge: Formatting Documents with OpenOffice.org Writer Macros

Sep 20, 2004, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michal Kosmulski)

"Around the time OpenOffice.org 1.1 RC was released, I was migrating a small company from Corel WordPerfect to OpenOffice.org. OpenOffice.org by itself does not support reading or writing WordPerfect files, but a tool called wpd2sxw can convert WordPerfect files to OpenOffice.org format (SXW). After conversion with wpd2sxw, which was rather good but had problems with some formatting features, I applied macros to documents based on different templates to make more than 2,000 converted documents look very similar to original WordPerfect files they were generated from. This article presents some macro 'building blocks' you can use to modify a document's formatting or to generate well-formatted documents from plain text files.

"OpenOffice.org uses StarBasic as its macro language. I won't go into details of the language itself, but the examples given here should be easy to understand if you have some programming experience. You can find tutorials and general information regarding StarBasic macros, along with information on OpenOffice.org scripting, elsewhere on the Web..."

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