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asked 2015-12-14 12:11:52 +0100

trosendal gravatar image

A basic markdown mode for LibreOffice writer would facilitate the use of markdown among users that do not understand markdown. If I want to ask for input to a markdown document today I cannot send it to users that do not work in text. If they could open it in LibreOffice then they could edit and send it back without feeling like they are out of their normal workflow. It would be nice to pick a markdown flavor like the one used in Pandoc or github

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I know this petition requires a monumental effort ... but... Would it be a bad idea to: Have a general public markdown editor? Anyone with only "Standard Office Suite" knowledge to edit .md files? Avoid everyone installing another text editor Typora, haroopad, joplin, etc.? For all of them to generate a set of files with a consistent style? To collaborate with many people of any age, plumbers, architects, programmers, economist, etc. for everyday projects (construction of powerplants, bridges, refineries, hospitals and even for student homework)? To have standard tools like spellcheck and collaborate? Save countless of hours formatting? Stretching a lot... even automatic table of contents...

I know it doesn't seem relevant ... Just asking 3 people to create a file with info gathered from www with consistent style (paragraph, line, font, etc) is such a pain... For us everyday users that do not post on this forum you'll save ...(more)

iqgustavo gravatar imageiqgustavo ( 2019-10-11 19:41:20 +0100 )edit

Thank you @trosendal for initial suggestion and @iqgustavo for poetically contributing your vision of the bigger picture.

The LibreOffice software and its ecosystem are a wonderful creation, also from ideological point. I wish it can become this one and only "Standard Office Suite". But I'm afraid it might loose ground among the user types of the technically-versed, the researchers (knowledge synthesizing) and the creatives.

An elegant markdown mode in LibreOffice would help to keep the technical & research-types on board.

The creatives are operating in other spheres, but at least during their forming years in school and university there's a propensity that they may be (guided to) using LibreOffice, if it was "The Standard Office Suite".

Hans Martin Galliker gravatar imageHans Martin Galliker ( 2020-03-29 08:24:26 +0100 )edit

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answered 2016-07-26 12:53:50 +0100

EdwardE gravatar image

I haven't checked the implementation, but allows export to odt (If people require LibreOffice).

If you prefer markdown, as your colleagues to use

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answered 2015-12-15 10:21:22 +0100

Regina gravatar image

updated 2018-02-04 22:17:11 +0100

The documents are all in XML format. If you need such feature, you can write an XSLT and include the filter via Tools > XML Filter settings.

Or you write an extension. I think, that Markout import/export is not a needed feature for an office application. If it turns out, that people like such tool and use it, than it can be integrated later. The presenter console (where you can see notes, while the projector shows slides) has started as extension and is now integrated, for example.

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XSLT only works on XML documents. Hence, the Markdown would need to be XML encoded.

However, Pandoc can do a lot of things with Markdown, I think it also exports to ODT. Or one could export the Markdown to HTML and import that into Libeoffice.

bmix gravatar imagebmix ( 2018-02-04 15:20:52 +0100 )edit

answered 2020-04-14 09:49:27 +0100

fbertoldi gravatar image

It is possible to convert an md file to odt almost perfectly, with pandoc, as I explain here

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