Date: prev next · Thread: first prev next last
2012 Archives by date, by thread · List index

On Mon, 2012-03-26 at 18:31 -0400, John Valance wrote:
I am using LibreOffice Writer to format templates for use with JODReports.
These templates are used to generate work order forms for a Natural Gas
Utility, merging database content from a DB2 database. This is a great, low
cost solution for report generation. However, I'm am having a major problem
with what appears to be a bug in Writer, which is causing all of my embedded
scripts to be erased when I save my templates. This is an intermittent
problem - it doesn't happen on every save. But when it does, I lose all my
embedded fields (more than two dozen of them!), and I have to revisit each
field and re-enter the scripting code which indicates the field name to
merge from the data source. This is extremely frustrating and costly in
terms of redoing work and not being able to change formatting in the
templates. If we don't find a solution we will have to abandon LibreOffice
and hope that OpenOffice or MS Word are more stable solutions. 

The method for inserting a merge field is: Insert / Fields / Other. (or
Ctrl+F2), select Functions tab, then click Input Field, then click OK. For
"Reference", enter 'JOOScript', then click Insert. A dialog box appears,
where you enter the FreeMarker expression that refers to the data field to
merge, in a format like: ${field-name}. This is described here: 

This will insert into the content.xml (within the zipped .odt file) a tag
like this:


The problem I'm having is, when I save my odt file, Writer is erasing all of
the FreeMarker expressions which are the content of these text-input tags.
So what you would see in content.xml after this happens, is text-input tags
with no content, like this:

<text:text-input text:description="jooscript"></text:text-input>

Anyone else have a similar problem, or know of a solution? Any help is much

Many thanks,

John Valance

JValance Consulting


Three questions to begin with:
1) What version of LO are you using? (3.4.6, perhaps 3.51) 3.4.6 is a
better version for business purposes.
2) What operating system are you using? 
3) Have you tried to save a document as a template? Templates as I
understand them are not .odt files. They are .ott files when created by
Writer as text templates.


For unsubscribe instructions e-mail to:
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted


Privacy Policy | Impressum (Legal Info) | Copyright information: Unless otherwise specified, all text and images on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This does not include the source code of LibreOffice, which is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPLv2). "LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are registered trademarks of their corresponding registered owners or are in actual use as trademarks in one or more countries. Their respective logos and icons are also subject to international copyright laws. Use thereof is explained in our trademark policy.