OpenOffice SVG Export [was Re: [Clipart] Metadata]

Jon Phillips jon at
Thu Jun 24 03:53:11 PDT 2004

If you have access to OO.o's bug tracker and RFE, maybe you could put in
a push for SVG import and better export...put our project on it as


On Wed, 2004-06-23 at 13:45, Alan Horkan wrote:
> On Wed, 23 Jun 2004, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> > Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2004 11:11:53 -0700 (PDT)
> > From: Bryce Harrington <bryce at>
> > To: Jonadab the Unsightly One <jonadab at>
> > Cc: clipart at
> > Subject: Re: [Clipart] Metadata
> >
> > On Wed, 23 Jun 2004, Jonadab the Unsightly One wrote:
> > > > I wonder whether it is better to have it a single parse() function that
> > > > figures out what to do, or to break it into four separate parsing
> > > > functions and require the caller to know what type of input they want.
> > > > Got a preference?
> > >
> > > The only caveat I have to add is that some XML-generating programs do
> > > not include any optional whitespace, including newlines.  OpenOffice
> > > does not by default, for example (though you can get it to do so by
> > > changing an option).  I don't know about any existing SVG editors'
> > > doing this, but it is entirely possible that in the future some SVG
> > > editor might make output that contains only one newline after the XML
> > > declaration.
> Firstly let me say that it is insane not to use good layout and pretty
> printing in most XML particularly SVG which provides SVGZ for those who
> are concerned about file size.  But still if is possible some genius will
> inevitably do it (the same kind of genius thinks writing code with no
> comments whatsoever is a good idea).
> > Hmm, true...  We'll have to keep an eye out for that.  OOo doesn't
> > generate SVG currently afaik, but you're right that other apps may
> > behave differently.
> Perhaps I am misinterpreting you but Draw has been able to
> Export SVG for a long time (since before version 1.0 if I recall
> correctly).   It is in the Export menu, but not available from 'Save As'
> so it understandable that you might have missed it.
> Playing around with it a recent beta I felt the SVG output had actually
> gotten worse, for the examples I was testing with.  (Also it annoyingly
> exported the colour values as rgb(255,255,255) and i needed hex values).
> does not have any SVG import.  I'm tracking a few bug
> reports and there doesn't seem to be anyone working on it either.
> The openoffice file format itself does use a subset of SVG (paths at least
> I forget what else and dublin core and xlink and ...) so if a developer
> wanted to hack a way to generate something OpenOffice could import it
> wouldn't take long (but a better long term approach would be to
> leverage libgsf).
> - Alan
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