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Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] Pasting footnotes from DocBook-generated HTMLinto OpenOffice

That's interesting.  I tried it on Ubuntu Linux with OpenOffice 2.4.1 and 
it worked, opening my sample DocBook file as a word-processing document.  
When I tried on my Windows XP system, with OO 2.3.1 (what was installed 
there -- I don't use Windows very much and haven't kept it up to date),  
I had the same result as you did.  Not sure if it is the version, the 
platform, or differences between the Windows and Linux environments.  I 
had actually used OpenOffice to convert from MS Word to DocBook (with a 
bit of fixing up afterward, but still a lot faster than cutting and 
pasting between documents) and had noticed this feature described while 
I was researching how to do the conversions.  I guess I didn't test
enough before recommending it.

Trying to move from a Word dominated environment to DocBook (or any real
structured environment) is tough, and the round-trip problem is a big one.
Bob Stayton actually worked on a set of transforms to go from DocBook to
WordML and back.  It is in the SourceForge stylesheets.  Bob discusses
DocBook and Microsoft Word on his excellent site at:


The transforms apparently support a subset of the DocBook elements.  He 
also mentions some other approaches.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jennifer Moore [mailto:jennifer@uncharted-worlds.org] 
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 4:24 AM
To: DocBook Apps
Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Pasting footnotes from DocBook-generated HTML into OpenOffice

Thanks Larry & Markus.

That particular document is finished now (with a bit of manual tweaking 
at the end) - I was already very close to the deadline when I wrote here.

But I'm still interested "for future reference" in the possibilities.

Larry wrote:
>> I am not sure which versions of DocBook and OpenOffice you are using
>> or the platform you are working on, but OpenOffice can import some
>> DocBook versions.  You set the document type to DocBook in the Open
>> dialog box and then open the XML file.  

Tried this.  The Open dialog box did offer me DocBook, and it did open 
the XML file, but as XML!  showing all the <para> tags and so on.  Is 
there some other setting I need to use to make it behave as a 
final-formatted document?



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