[development] OpenOffice.org

Frédéric G. MARAND fgm at osinet.fr
Thu May 15 02:49:06 UTC 2008


Thanks for your message.

I have currently unpublished PHP code I've been using for a few years to 
access OOo spreadsheets and load them into Drupal. However, it was developed 
"ad hoc" to import product data, and is currently not fit for general use 
since it is limited to spreadsheets and only goes from OOo to Drupal, not 
the other way round. Maybe if others are interested in working on this we 
could turn it into a general use module.

This being saind, while it could obviously be extended to other formats if 
someone took time to create something more general, a limitation remains due 
to the time it takes to load an OOo document in PHP vs the maximum 
time/memory per PHP script on low-end intallations.

A file-system-like approach based on plain XML RPC or BlogAPI would probably 
be easier on users and work in more cases. But it looks like this would have 
to be done from within OOo, not in PHP but in Python, Basic, JS or 

Frederic G. MARAND

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Louis Suarez-Potts" <Louis.Suarez-Potts at Sun.COM>
To: <development at drupal.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 3:35 AM
Subject: [development] OpenOffice.org

> [This is a re-send of a message I sent originally to the
> infrastructure list.]
> Hello all!
> Allow me to introduce myself: I'm the community manager of
> OpenOffice.org, a role I've held for the last 7.5 years. My interest
> here is to see if there is interest in developing an OpenDocument
> Format filter for Drupal or (better yet) some ways of integrating or
> at least linking OOo to Drupal. The reason? Lots, including both
> public and private enterprises, want a CMS + productivity suite (such
> as OOo) combo. Drupal has huge market share and is flourishing; so
> does and is OOo.
> How is integration imagined? It could be close or it could be even
> something as simple as an extension. We have now many extensions, and
> there is no reason why everything has to be a single package--this is
> the Internet age, not the isolated desktop age.
> If people are interested, let's talk. My guess is that an obstacle to
> good intentions is reality: shortage of resources. But I also am
> relentlessly optimistic and hopeful, and believe if we can present a
> good case then companies may want to allocate those resources, which
> is to say, people and money.
> Ciao,
> Louis
> --
> Louis Suarez-Potts, PhD
> Community Manager, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
> OpenOffice.org


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