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Working with an OpenDocument Format (.odt) file [ID:1443] (4/11)

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Now let's look at a native document - OpenOffice works with .odt files (OpenDocument Text). Normally these are zipped structures that contain xml and binary data - here we look at what's inside an .odt file. If you're curious, you can poke inside your own .odt files using my instructions. You'll find more tips at at 3monkeyweb.

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I don't feel this was particularly useful unless I cared to program. It does make the open source point well though.


Thanks Ian, that is neat how you can use 7-zip to look inside the file. Since it uses XML, I'm wondering about a Python script that uses an XML parser to strip out the data. I have some MS Power Point files that I would like to convert to reST format. Maybe I can use Open Office to get the contents to XML and then parse the XML with a Python script. Maybe there is an easier way to go about it? Or maybe someone has a script already that could be used. Anyone know the easiest way to go about this?

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