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Language Independent Office Scripting Framework

Project Owners: John Rice,Noel Power

There are currently two ways for users and developers to add functionality to OpenOffice.org, namely macros and UNO components.

Macros are a set of instructions which OpenOffice.org can interpret at runtime to carry out a specific set of tasks in OpenOffice.org. Users can create a macro by recording a number of tasks in OpenOffice.org, save this set of tasks as a macro and then bind this macro to a menu or keypress. The macro is run by hitting the bound menu or key. Advanced users can write their own StarBasic macros in an embedded StarBasic IDE if they wish.

UNO components are compiled C++ or Java components, which a developer can write using the UNO API to access and manipulate OpenOffice.org. The component is written in an external IDE in C++ or Java (or any language with a supported UNO bridge). The end user needs to install any new component in their OpenOffice.org to make use of this new functionality. UNO component development is supported by the ODK.

The Scripting Framework aims to strike a balance between these two approaches of customizing OpenOffice.org. The framework will allow scripts to be written in a variety of languages, deployed into OpenOffice.org installations or documents, loaded at runtime and executed in OpenOffice.org. The framework will allow any number of different scripting languages to be plugged into OpenOffice.org for which there is an UNO bridge. Our focus will be to support languages with a Java implementation, but the framework can be made to work with any scripting langauge with a supported UNO bridge such as the UNO Python bridge. In this way users and developers will be able to write scripts in any supported scripting language to manipulate OpenOffice.org.

Documentation for the Early Developer Release (Version 0.3)

Name

Description

Features

Features of the Early Developer Release

Download

Download the Office Scripting Framework (2 MB). Refer to the install section for installation guidelines. Updated to work with OpenOffice.org1.1rc1 and later

Install

Installation Guide for the Office Scripting Framework

Uninstall

Guide for Uninstalling the Office Scripting Framework

Script User Guides

General User Guide

Utility Scripts contributed by the OpenOffice.org community

Script Developer Guides

Writing Scripts in BeanShell, JavaScript and Java

Developing Scripts in NetBeans

Developing Scripts on the command line

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions for the Office Scripting Framework

Release Notes

Release Notes

Test

Guidelines for testing the Framework – Description of basic sanity tests (smoke tests) for the framework.

What's Next

Upcoming features in future releases of the Office Scripting Framework

Previous Releases

Version

Released

Early Developer Release Version 0.2

April 2003

Early Developer Release Version 0.1

November 2002


Mailing List

Installation, User or Developer queries on the Office Scripting Framework

Issues

Issues found in the Office Scripting Framework should be logged in Issuezilla
component: framework
subcomponent: scripting

Last Modified: Mon Sep 15 16:59:44 BST 2003

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