OpenOffice and XML

By Deane Barker on February 6, 2003

I’ve waxed poetic about the joys of OpenOffice here before, but here’s a really neat trick. Create a “Word” document in OpenOffice Writer, then save it. Now, using an archive tool like WinZip, open it — unzip it just like it was a zip archive. You should find the following files:

  • Content.xml
  • Manifest.xml
  • Meta.xml
  • Settings.xml
  • Styles.xml

These five files make up and style the complete content of the document. This functionality would be awfully valulable for organizations struggling with content management problems. Incidentally, Microsoft claims the same functionality for Office 11.

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