[development] OpenOffice.org

Louis Suarez-Potts Louis.Suarez-Potts at Sun.COM
Thu May 15 12:26:27 UTC 2008

On 2008-05-15, at 08:06 , FGM wrote:

> 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.

I'll ping some developers on this and cc you. They may be resistant to  
joining yet another list but let's see.

> ----- 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  
> 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
> http://awebfactory.com.ar/node/297
> 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
> plugin!
> Victor Kane
> http://awebfactory.com.ar
> 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 I have currently unpublished PHP code I've been using for a few  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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