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can I include a page break in a text file to be imported into .odt

asked 2015-04-08 08:15:39 +0200

JulianB gravatar image

I have a program which generates a simple text file from a database. The text file includes line feeds and tabs as well as printable text. this imports into .odt by cutting and pasting very easily. I want to include some code to generate a page feed in the text file so that when the text file is imported into .odt the page feed is imported.

I have saved an odt document as docbook.xml and can see how a page feed is coded there, and I think my program could generate a suitable docbook file. so if I could import the docbook file somehow that would solve the problem

thanks for any help

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Sorry, my answer should have been a comment! To add to it: the file I am generating has a large number of pages, and I don't want to go through it by hand heading page feeds

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answered 2015-04-08 18:17:38 +0200

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I am not an expert in imbedding control characters in a text stream. But LibO uses hexadecimal Unicode not decimal US-ASCII values. Is not a Form Feed (U+000C) a hexadecimal number ? (US-ASCII 14) is the decimal value for a form feed. Hexadecimal U+0014 would be a space character. Of course, I may just be confusing the matter...Peter

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answered 2015-04-08 10:32:57 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

Why don't you simply copy and paste your entire text-file into LibO Writer and do all the formatting in Writer. Simple. Easy. Quick.

If this is not the solution, please explain the reason to enable further help.

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answered 2015-04-08 14:15:24 +0200

JulianB gravatar image

No, I'm afraid that won't do. Let us suppose the text file contains a list of names and phone numbers in a single column. some people have more than one phone number, so it looks something like this

Adam Smith

0123 45678

John Doe

0123 456 7654

07684564

and so on.

I wish to print out the list in a single column on several pages.

my program counts the number of lines used While it is constructing the list. What I want to do is insert a page feed if the number of lines on the page is greater that or equal to say 60. Then when I import the text file into Writer, the list will be on several pages. I had hoped that a form feed (ASCII 14) embedded in the text file would force Writer to send the text to a new page, but it doesn't.

( the actual file I am constructing is rather more complex, but I think the telephone numbers illustrate what I'm trying to do.

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