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How to automatically create OpenDocument invoices without OpenOffice

Jun 01, 2010, 13:01 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"Articles on how to create OpenDocument invoices already exist but almost always they require you to start and use OpenOffice manually each time. Here, instead, I'll show how to have your computer to do all your OpenDocument work for you.

"The script explained below takes an ODF template like the one of the left and generates an ODF text file like the one you see on the right, which is ready to be printed or sent via email (click on the pictures for bigger versions or just download the template or the resulting ODF invoice:

"The advantages of creating the invoice with a script rather than with macros are explained in detail in the "Why and how ODF can save you a lot of time" page: in a nutshell, once you have created and saved with any ODF compliant word processor the initial template, the whole process is completely automatic, so it could run unattended and be integrated with other backend systems even where OpenOffice isn't installed."

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