Generating Generic XForms for OpenOffice

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Executive Summary

Because OpenOffice's internal representation is ODF XML, it is natural to generate ODF from other XML formats using an XSLT transformation. This applies equally well to an XForm inside of an ODF document. One always needs to take a few things into account when making an XSLT transform, such as the processor and the context (web server, command line application, etc.). An XSLT Filter combines an XSLT stylesheet and some OpenOffice settings registered in OpenOffice that allows OpenOffice to open various XML-based formats and work with them in the context of the application. This paper explains how to create an OpenOffice XSLT Filter that applies generically to all example XML instances - in other words, it's as a basic tool for working with XML in OpenOffice XForms.

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