Writing a LibreOffice extension that logs user (and other) events in real-time

Andrew Pitonyak andrew at pitonyak.org
Fri Nov 29 02:26:33 UTC 2019

Take a look at event listeners to see what they can do

the biggest problems will probably be related to things such as understanding which event listeners get called in which orders and also things like what will cause an event listener to disappear such as changing from a print view to a regular view

and finally some of that information could be really tricky such as understanding that they have selected a particular region when what you really have access to is things like mouse clicks and down and up and that sort of thing.

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On Nov 28, 2019, 7:20 PM, at 7:20 PM, Chide Groenouwe <cg at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>I'm new to LibreOffice extension development. To prevent my team and I
>investing too much time in studying how to write LibreOffice
>extensions, I want to pose a question:
>Is it possible to capture/intercept all - or at least most - user
>events that occur within LibreOffice by means of an extension, in real-
>time? For example, suppose that someone
>0) opens a new document in Writer by using the drop-down menu item "New
>-> Text Document",
>1) types a text,
>2) selects a region using the mouse,
>3) presses the Italic button (so that the region becomes Italic), and
>4) saves the text by pressing Ctrl-s.
>Can you log all this information in real-time? Could you even log each
>keypress of the user when this user is writing the text? And can you
>also differentiate between the different methods that have been used to
>accomplish a certain task? For example, can one distinquish between
>saving a file by selecting a drop-down menu item, or saving a file by
>using the short-cut key Ctrl-s?
>Can this also be done for *other* extensions? Can you also log events
>that occur within these?
>Or should we use another approach to accomplish this all?
>(Although not needed for answering the question: If you wonder - the
>context has something to do with process mining (
>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Process_mining) --  in this case to
>optimise software usage...)
>Thank you so much in advance,
>Chide Groenouwe
>LibreOffice mailing list
>LibreOffice at lists.freedesktop.org
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