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Create ODF documents without OpenOffice.org

Mar 16, 2009, 08:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dmitri Popov)

[ Thanks to Dmitri Popov for this link. ]

"* odtwriter is part of docutils, a set of tools for converting plain text files into other formats such as HTML, XML, and LaTeX. This means that you can output the formatted text file into other formats besides ODF. This is a more efficient approach than creating an odt document in Writer and then jump through hoops to turn it into, for example, a clean HTML file.

* Using odtwriter, you can generate ODF files on machines that don't have OpenOffice.org or other ODF-compatible word processors installed (e.g. you are running a lightweight Linux distro).

* You can use whatever text editor you like as your distraction-free writing environment, leaving the task of producing the properly formatted document to odtwriter.

* odtwriter has a few features that are not available in OpenOffice.org. For example, OpenOffice.org doesn't support syntax highlighting, so making code blocks in a Writer document more legible and pretty is a non-trivial task. odfwriter, in turn, can apply syntax highlighting to the code blocks in the final odt document."

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