OpenOffice.org ODF, Python and XML

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Combine Python with the open format of ODF files to manipulate fine details.
What Next?

I hope this introduction has been useful, but it's only the beginning of how Python/XML can work with ODF files.

For example, I had an OpenDocument spreadsheet, and I wanted to add up the values of all cells having a yellow background, which Python/XML allowed me to do. I've also had the need to get all the e-mail addresses from one column of a spreadsheet, except for those in italic or strikeout type. I don't think OpenOffice.org will let me do that, but Python/XML will.

Collin Park has been a computer engineer since 1976 and currently works for Network Appliance. He runs Linux on four computers at home, which he shares with his wife and two teenage daughters.

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