Import chapters tracked changes into master document

asked 2019-01-19 22:02:56 +0200

Emanuele Gissi gravatar image

updated 2020-08-08 18:40:12 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image


I am writing a multi chapter text on OO/LO by using a master document and I have been hit by the following bug:

In simple words, the master document does not show the tracked changes of each chapter. This is very important to me, because we want to publish a document that shows all the changes that were made to the text. As always, the risk is that my organisation pushes us back to MSOffice...

If I break the links (Edit > Link to external files > Break), OO/LO import all the contents of the chapters in the master file except the tracked changes.

As a workaround, I am trying to write a Python script that mimics the breaking of the link to the external files, while importing the tracked changes of the chapters. I tried to use odfpy library for this purpose (, it imports the tracked changes and it works with simple chapters, but I cannot merge the content of complex chapters in the master document.

So my questions are:

  1. Do you see any possible alternative way to achieving the same result?

  2. Would it be possible to add the importing of the tracked changes in OO/LO code?

  3. Where in OO/LO code is "Edit > Link to external files > Break" managed?

I thank you very much in advance!

Best regards,

Emanuele Gissi

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robleyd gravatar imagerobleyd ( 2019-01-20 01:04:58 +0200 )edit

After a long discussion on OO Forum, the issue has a workaround, but not a solution:

So I set up a crowdfunding to solve the issue:

And got in contact with one developer to solve the issue for the whole Community. I will keep you posted

Emanuele Gissi gravatar imageEmanuele Gissi ( 2019-01-29 08:57:04 +0200 )edit