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Subject: [OASIS Issue Tracker] (OFFICE-2182) Public Comment: Requirement

    [ https://issues.oasis-open.org/browse/OFFICE-2182?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel&focusedCommentId=58745#comment-58745 ] 

Michael Stahl edited comment on OFFICE-2182 at 2/27/15 10:48 PM:

revert this comment - wrong issue!

was (Author: mstahl):
For the curious, i'll paste the requirement / motivation that led to the implementation of this feature in LO, written by Máirín Duffy:

So one of the teams I work with uses LibreOffice extensively for managing and laying out content for our products. There's different types of documents that are common across products; FAQs, data sheets, brochures, technical specifications, etc. Now, if the situation were just that simple, we could make ODT templates (*.ott) and have a template for each type with all of the graphics and layout we want for each type, so when the product marketing person for a given product wants to produce, say, a data sheet for their product, they can grab the *.ott we produced and fill in the filler text with details about their product and be set.

However. :) The situation is a bit more complex than that. Within each product, this suite of documents - brochures, datasheets, etc. - have repeated information. For example, both the data sheet and the brochure might have the same long form basic description of the product. The FAQ and technical spec might have the same short form basic product description. The FAQ might have some basic questions that are also in the brochure. The data sheet might have a feature list that is also repeated in the brochure. The product marketing person wants to be able to update these kinds of details as the product evolves, features are added, etc., without having to update the same text across multiple individual documents. So we use master documents (*.odm) for all of these document types - the master document pulls in the shared text assets (e.g., short form product description, long form product description, feature list, etc.) so that when the product marketing person updates the feature list, they can re-export all of the documents that use it and LibreOffice automatically updates the text across all documents that use it to the new version.

The problem, though, using these master document files is more of a pain because you can't access them via the templates menu in LibreOffice. So all of the nice UI around creating a new document didn't apply to them because they didn't have an official template format. To be able to use them, you had to know where they are on the file system or have to dig around for them. *.odm is also not so common (even though they are useful and they rock :) ) so some folks might not even recognize them as the document they need to edit.

So this new feature allows you to create new documents using pre-created *.otm files as a template with all the facilites the LO UI provides to templates. This is a big win because setting up master documents can be a real pain. This will also enable the sharing of master documents template, which would be really nice. You could put together a suite of related assets like we use at Red Hat and make it a downloadable set of templates.

> Public Comment: Requirement
> ---------------------------
>                 Key: OFFICE-2182
>                 URL: https://issues.oasis-open.org/browse/OFFICE-2182
>             Project: OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Part 1 (Schema)
>    Affects Versions: ODF 1.3
>            Reporter: Robert Weir 
>             Fix For: ODF 1.3
> Copied from office-comment list
> Original author: ronnie thebonnie <&#x72;o&#x6e;&#x6e;i&#101;the&#x62;onn&#105;&#101;&#x40;gmai&#108;.c&#x6f;&#x6d;> 
> Original date: 25 Oct 2009 13:04:11 -0000
> Original URL: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/office-comment/200910/msg00073.html

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