[development] OpenOffice.org

FGM fgm at osinet.fr
Thu May 15 12:06:55 UTC 2008

Actually, I think this approach may give a solution with very little work on 
the drupal side.

Now, if someone with OOo programming knowledge could provide the required 
info to start on the OOo side of things, I'd gladly set up the whole thing. 
I've always wanted to improve my OOo integration skills, and stopped in 
front of the OOo SDK documentation, and this seems a good occasion to do so.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Victor Kane" <victorkane at gmail.com>
To: <development at drupal.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [development] OpenOffice.org

Ok, taking into account what both Dario and Federic are saying (OpenOffice
as the user interface for publishing directly to a Drupal site via XMLRPC),
the best fit here in my opinion would be to use the services module.

It offers a rich API for node creation based on custom written services.

Here, I am not talking about importing a Document, but rather using the
OpenOffice as a client for Drupal, much as Word can be used as a client for
a Blog, including Drupal.

I am using this now for Drupal to Drupal speak (actually an editorial
workflow system sends articles to a  publishing system). See

That would be a quick and sure path, leaving to OpenOffice the client work
and to Drupal the services server work, we'd be all set.

I actually did hunt around in the Open Office forums recently with an eye to
something like this, and saw something implemented ... but opted in the end
for Drupal 2 Drupal for the architecture of the system I was developing.

But imagine reporters in the field sending in their articles with a Drupal

Victor Kane

On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 11:49 PM, Frédéric G. MARAND <fgm at osinet.fr> wrote:

> Hello,
> 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 I have currently unpublished PHP code I've been using for a few years to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 Beanshell.
> Frederic G. MARAND
> http://blog.riff.org/
> ----- 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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