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Differencies between OpenOffice.org under Windows and Linux

Posted 12-02-2008 at 04:53 PM by dr_agon

applies to OpenOffice.org, Linux, Windows, Python, XML

Recently I try to develop modules for already existing, big project using Python and OpenOffice.org. The application is meant to work both under Linux and Windows. Unfortunately, it is not easy.
  1. Python-UNO bridge to OpenOffice, which is part of OO suite, is different. Under Linux it works flawlessly with the fairly new Python v. 2.5. Under Windows it works only with supplied Python v. 2.3.4. It wouldn't be so bad if recent wxWidgets worked with this version, but they don't.
  2. Under Linux OpenOffice.org is shipped with 'OpenDocument Text Flat XML' filter for importing/exporting .fodt files. I don't know why, but Windows version lacks this filter. I did not find this filter available for download anywhere. The solution is simple, but not obvious: you can export this filter from Linux version and import under Windows. (Many thanks to r4zoli for this suggestion on the forum.
Now, I cannot manipulate OO documents using UNO, but I can prepare XML files which are properly loaded into OO both under Linux and Windows, and are very easy to generate and change. I must say I like XML.
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