Using Open Office

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Introduction

Dr Mark Hill

This current page provides general information for the use of Open Office to format pages offline. If you are the original author of embryology content that you would like to contribute to this site, please contact Dr Mark Hill by email. All contributions are acknowledged.


Open Office is a free office suite that has all the usual options of Wordprocessor, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Drawing etc. The important option of this software is that it allows exporting of documents into a Wiki format. These can then be opened and pasted into your project page.


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  1. Install OpenOffice
  2. Install Sun Wiki Publisher extension
  3. Open Word document in OpenOffice
  4. Export the document to wikitext using extension
  5. Copy exported wikitext from text file
  6. Paste wikitext into Wiki Page

Installation

  1. OpenOffice
    1. http://download.openoffice.org/index.html
  2. Sun Wiki Publisher extension
    1. http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/en/project/wikipublisher
    2. Install Sun Wiki Publisher extension
      1. Run OpenOffice
      2. Select Tools\Extensions Manager\Add
      3. Select sun-wiki-publisher.oxt  from file system

Conversion Examples

Convert Word to wikitext

  1. Run OpenOffice
  2. Select Open a document…
  3. Browse and Select Word document to convert
  4. Select File\Export…
  5. Select Save as type “MediaWiki (.txt) (*.txt)
  6. Save
  7. Open the exported text file
    1. Notepad is good so no extra formatting is added
  8. Copy all the syntax from the exported text file
  9. Edit Wiki page
  10. Paste syntax from exported text file into the Wiki page
    1. Be sure the rich editor isn’t active
      1. Either Disable rich editor or activate the Wikitext button from FCKeditor toolset
        1. The top embedded toolbar with three rows of buttons above the edit section.
  11. Make any adjustments to the wikitext and save.


Convert Excel Data to wikitext

  1. Copy the Excel data into a Word document and save
  2. Run OpenOffice
  3. Select Open a document…
  4. Browse and Select Word document to convert
  5. Select File\Export…
  6. Select Save as type “MediaWiki (.txt) (*.txt)
  7. Save
  8. Open the exported text file
    1. Notepad is good so no extra formatting is added
  9. Copy all the syntax from the exported text file
  10. Edit Wiki page
  11. Paste syntax from exported text file into the Wiki page
    1. Be sure the rich editor isn’t active
      1. Either Disable rich editor or activate the Wikitext button from FCKeditor toolset
        1. The top embedded toolbar with three rows of buttons above the edit section.
  12. Make any adjustments to the wikitext and save.

Disadvantages

  • Does not support more advanced features of wiki text
  • Does not upload images to MediaWiki

Old Method - Exporting the document

  1. Download the program Open Office which will run on both PC and Mac platforms. Unpack and install.
  2. Open the program and start a new document. Alternatively open your document that you have prepared with another program (Microsoft Word, Apple iLife, text edit etc).
  3. Save your document before you do anything else.
  4. Then select from the Open office menu File -> Export

Openoffice-menu.jpg

5. The menu that pops up allows exporting into a range of different formats, select MediaWiki (.txt) and click save.

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6. The document has now been saved as a .txt file. Open this file with any text editor and select all, copy and paste into your page in the edit window. Done!


Note that if you have used the above process with a webpage, some links, both internal and external, may need to be edited to again work.


External Links

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http://www.bonusbits.com/wiki/HowTo:Convert_Word_Document_to_Wikitext_with_OpenOffice

http://thewiki4opentech.org/index.php/How_to_edit_or_create_Wiki_articles_from_OpenOffice

http://www.rapidanswers.net/index.php?title=Convert_Word_to_Wikitext


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Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2019, April 25) Embryology Using Open Office. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/Using_Open_Office

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