You knew this was coming some day, but it is nice to see the good folks in the OpenOffice community moving forward with the next stage in the evolution of the document: the ODF Toolkit. In my language: a way to build little (or big) applications that can leverage the power of Open Document XML to do just what you need to do, and nothing else. The opportunity to do so using the components of OpenOffice is one thing, but being able to interact with an "Office" document from any application is a critical development. In the words of Juergen Schmidt:
The main goal of the ODF Toolkit is to provide a set of API's to work on or with ODF documents directly. An API which can be used in any kind of application and where only a limited set of additional functional components is required to provide the necessary functionality. For some use cases an XSLT based API is maybe enough to provide the required functionality. For others obviously more complex functional components in the background are necessary. Think about document conversion into foreign formats to enable interoperability with other applications. Or think about printing documents which requires a layout engine somewhere.
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