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OpenOffice.org (OO.o or OOo) is an office application suite available for a number of different computer operating systems. It supports the ISO standard XML OpenDocument Format (ODF) for data interchange as its default file format, as well as Microsoft Office '97-2003 formats, among many others.

 

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#29302

Adventures with OpenOffice and XML

In addition to being open source, saving as XML makes OpenOffice truly open. Aside from being open source, XML's self-documenting nature allows us to dive into the document format without having to dive into C++. And more significantly, XML allows us to use simple, free tools to manipulate the documents themselves. In this article we will examine the structure of the format.

Sergeant, Matt. XML.com (2001). Articles>Software>Word Processing>OpenOffice

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#26113

Breaking the Word Processor Curve

When you first switch to Writer, this claim that Writer beats Word may seem hard to swallow. And no wonder; you're too busy learning the new menus to get beyond the fact that everything's only half-familiar. And if you're an unsophisticated user who has yet to learn (to steal the title of Robin Williams' book) that the PC is not a typewriter, you might never notice. However, if you're an advanced user for whom style, structured text and long documents are all part of word processing, then the claim soon becomes self-evident.

Byfield, Bruce. Linux Journal (2003). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#26105

Comparison of Ways to do Things using Microsoft Word and OOoWriter

Experienced users of Microsoft Word may take awhile to discover how to do common tasks in OOWriter, because some of the menus and the terminology are a bit different; in a few cases no direct equivalent method is available. This series of pages summarizes my research and experiments with OOoWriter 1.1 on Windows ME. You may find some differences if you're using another operating system or version of OpenOffice.

OpenOffice.org (2004). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#26106

Converting Documents from Microsoft Word to OOoWriter

I'm happy to report that OpenOffice.org 1.1.0 does a very good job of converting Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP files to OOo files -- much better than the previous releases I tested. Most of the problems I had noticed with conversions done by OOo1.0.2 did not appear when I converted the same Word files using OOo1.1.0. Some conversion problems remain. Most of these are probably due to OOoWriter not having any counterpart to some features of Word.

OpenOffice.org (2004). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#26114

Create a Voice Presentation With Impress and Audacity

Building a basic presentation that records and uses voice may be an important tool for communicating information. This project is based on employing two programs, Impress, which is the presentation program with OpenOffice, and Audacity, an easy to use sound editor, for building a voice presentation.

Linux Today (2004). Articles>Presentations>Software>OpenOffice

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#26110

Creating and Using Master Documents in OOoWriter 1.1

This page is an excerpt from Taming OpenOffice.org Writer (no longer available). A variation of this material is in OpenOffice.org Writer: The Free Alternative to Microsoft Word. Yes, master documents do work in OpenOffice.org Writer. However, you need to have a very disciplined approach to make sure they work correctly and reliably.

OpenOffice.org (2004). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#26107

Creating Cross-References Between Documents

I've now discovered that you can indeed do cross-references between documents, if they are both subdocuments of a master document. The method is obscure, and the help file (although giving a clue) wasn't much help.

OpenOffice.org (2004). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#35304

Differences in Use Between OpenOffice Writer and Word   (PDF)

This document summarizes the differences in use between OpenOffice.org Writer 1.1.x and Microsoft Word (various versions).

OpenOffice.org (2007). Articles>Documentation>Word Processing>OpenOffice

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#26115

Getting the Most from OpenOffice.org Writer Fields  (link broken)

Fields are extremely useful features of Writer. This article describes how to use fields to solve common business and technical writing problems.

Weber, Jean Hollis. NewsForge (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#26111

Hacking OpenOffice

If you are using any word processor or editor in a group situation, such as a technical writing team, or an office, then it will probably be in your interest to set up templates for authors to use to ensure consistency, reduce effort, and help automate conversation of documents between formats, such as building web pages from office documents. If you are also trying to store and manipulate content in XML but want to use a word processing environment for authoring, then well-crafted templates are even more important.

Sefton, Peter. XML.com (2005). Articles>Word Processing>XML>OpenOffice

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#26109

How to Change All Font Sizes in a Document at Once

Many people want a facility in OOo to enlarge or reduce the size of all fonts in a document at once, preferably by clicking on an icon. Although I do not know any way to do that, I have found a workaround that provides a similar result. It takes a bit of setting up but otherwise works quickly and easily.

OpenOffice.org (2004). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#26112

How to Choose a Good Instructional Book about OpenOffice.org

If the success of an open source project can be measured by the number of third-party books about it, then OpenOffice.org is thriving. Not only is OpenOffice.org represented by a dozen books and pieces of training material on Amazon.com, but interest in OpenOffice.org is widespread enough that each of the books is geared to a slightly different audience. This article gives an overview of four of the current OpenOffice.org books, ending with a suggestion of which to buy for your own needs.

Byfield, Bruce. IT Manager's Journal (2004). Articles>Documentation>Software>OpenOffice

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#26108

How to Start Page Numbering With a Number Greater Than 1

Follow these instructions to start the page numbering in a document at a number greater than 1.

OpenOffice.org (2004). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#29303

Moving to OpenOffice: Batch Converting Legacy Documents

What if you want to load XML versions of a large collection of Word files, Excel spreadsheets, or PowerPoint files into an XML-aware database where you can query the collection?

DuCharme, Bob. OpenOffice.org (2006). Articles>Software>Word Processing>OpenOffice

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#26116

OOo Off the Wall: My Objects All Sublime

All of the contents in an OpenOffice.org Writer document is one of three things: text characters, fields or objects. Objects is a large category that includes formulas, drawing objects and so-called OLE Objects, but it is represented most often by graphics. All objects are added to Writer using a frame, and most of the time, it is the frame that you are editing. The object itself sits sublimely above your changes, its appearance in the document altering but not the object itself.

Byfield, Bruce. Linux Journal (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#26101

Opening Up to OpenOffice.org: Finding an Alternative to Microsoft Word  (link broken)

When OpenOffice.org (www.openoffice.org) reached version 1.0 in May 2002, I did my journalistic duty and had a look. It wasn't what I expected. At times, the duplication of MS Word in OpenOffice.org seemed to extend to the faults, but the first impression is misleading. While MS Word users can be comfortable in OpenOffice.org within minutes, OpenOffice.org's interface is by far the tidier. More importantly, OpenOffice.org not only matches MS Word almost feature for feature, but often exceeds it, and provides working versions of features that have been broken or overdue for overhaul in MS Word for several releases.

Byfield, Bruce. TECHWR-L (2003). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#26102

OpenOffice.org and Me: An Introduction

When I first tried OOo, it was at around version 1.0.0 or 1.0.1. The help files were pathetic in those days; I described them at the time as 'badly written, badly organized, badly indexed, and frequently wrong.' To be fair, the help has improved a great deal since then, though the indexing still needs a lot of improvement.

Weber, Jean Hollis. O'Reilly and Associates (2004). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#24077

OpenOffice.org Off the Wall: It's Numbering, But Not as We Know It

Like any word processor, OpenOffice.org's Writer automatically adds numbers and bullets to paragraphs for you. Unlike typical word processors, however, Writer does not make lists a part of paragraph styles. Instead, lists have styles of their own. These styles are called numbering styles. Separating list styles from paragraph styles gives list options more room for custom settings without burying them deep in the menus.

Byfield, Bruce. Linux Journal (2004). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#25985

OpenOffice.org Writer vs. Microsoft Word

OOo Writer scores most of its victories in features that make the creation and maintenance of highly formatted or long documents easier. This pattern is not accidental. According to Elizabeth Mathias of Sun Microsystems, the documentation of OpenOffice.org has a long history of being written in Writer itself. As a result, the program's developers had the incentive to include the tools they needed. This legacy continues to give Writer advantages over competitors like Word.

Byfield, Bruce. NewsForge (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#26103

OpenOffice.org XML File Format

All OpenOffice.org applications use XML-based file formats. All applications (except Math) use the same format as defined in the specification. The Math component uses the package structure and format, but uses MathML inside the package.

Cover Pages (2005). Articles>Word Processing>XML>OpenOffice

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#29301

The OpenOffice.org XML Project

The OpenOffice.org XML project is the home of of XML related features of OpenOffice.org, like its OASIS OpenDocument/ISO/IEC 26300 file format implementation. It further provides some XML base implementations, like XML parser and printer components.

OpenOffice.org (2005). Organizations>Writing>XML>OpenOffice

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#25930

Read and Write DocBook XML Using OpenOffice.org

The project goal is to explore the possibility of using OpenOffice.org as a WYSIWYG editor of XML content. The principle is to edit structured documents using styles. These styles are then transformed to XML tags on export.

OpenOffice.org (2005). Articles>Documentation>Software>OpenOffice

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#25698

Replacing FrameMaker with OpenOffice.org Writer  (link broken)

Replace Adobe FrameMaker with OpenOffice.org Writer? Most people's first reaction is amused disbelief. 'FrameMaker is a hugely capable publishing product,' my editor admonished me. 'OOo is a marginally competent word processor.' However, a functional comparison of several important desktop publishing features in both products shows that the products are more comparable than you might think.

Byfield, Bruce. NewsForge (2004). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#26072

Sharing Files Between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office

Even if you're the most dedicated OpenOffice.org (OOo) user in the world, sooner or later you'll be asked to share files with someone using Microsoft Office. Some free software advocates refuse outright, or suggest outputting to HTML, PDF, or RTF formats, but these aren't always options -- especially if your boss is the one doing the asking. However, with a few preparations and a sense of what works and what doesn't, you can usually share files with Microsoft Office users with a minimum of headaches on both sides. Here's how.

Byfield, Bruce. NewsForge (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Software>OpenOffice

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#21723

Taming OpenOffice.org Writer 1.1: Tips and Tricks for Academic, Technical, and Business Writers  (link broken)   (PDF)

This book is for intermediate and advanced users of OpenOffice.org Writer. You may not have used this program before, but you have used another word processor (such as Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect) and you are familiar with the basics of word processing. Typical users include academic writers, technical writers, and other business and professional writers—anyone who produces books, research papers, proposals, or other documents requiring the use of more than the basic features. For example, you need to use styles instead of direct formatting of headings and other paragraphs, and you need to include chapter information in the footers of pages, or you want to use master documents to control a book containing many chapters, perhaps written by different people.

Weber, Jean Hollis. Technical Editors Eyrie (2003). Books>Writing>Word Processing>OpenOffice

 
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