How to automatically create OpenDocument invoices without OpenOffice
Jun 01, 2010, 13:01 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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."