Starting, Stopping, and Connecting to OpenOffice with Python
Dec 25, 2008, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"If you want to get started with pyuno be prepared for an often
frustrating experience: the documentation is sketchy and often just
plain hard to locate, and the version of Python that's embedded in
OpenOffice has been stuck at version 2.3 for quite a while now.
"Pyuno is the Python layer that implements OpenOffice's UNO
interface. UNO is an application programming language independent
interface to OpenOffice. UNO is specified in IDL and often the only
documentation for pyuno is the IDL documentation for UNO.
"The code presented here runs outside of OpenOffice and shows
how to start, stop, and connect to OpenOffice in "headless" mode.
Running OpenOffice in "headless" mode means that OpenOffice doesn't
display a window it just waits for UNO operations (via a TCP/IP
port). The code presented here was tested with version 2.5 of
Python and version 2.4 of OpenOffice. I also tested it with version
3.0 of OpenOffice but it only runs if you use the version of Python
that comes with OpenOffice."