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Exporting an office document as single, flat, plain-text XML file?

I could have sworn, in earlier OpenOffices, there was an export of a document to a single, plain-text, so-called "flat" XML file.

However, I've looked through the File/Save As menus, and I cannot find anything like that?

It is a bit of a pain exporting separate screenshots, and editing them to show the full export list - and so here is the full Save As list (of Writer) in both LibreOffice 4.2.1.1:

lo1-saveas.png

... and in Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1:

oo1-saveas.png

... on Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

Now, thankfully, I found this page: OpenOffice flat XML export (cnx.org) - which has this screenshot (re-uploaded to prevent link-rot; click for original location):

cnx.org.graphics3

... where there is clearly a "OpenDocument Text (Flat XML) (.fodt)" Save As option - which is nowhere to be found on my screenshots above!?

So

  • Where has the Flat XML "Save As" option gone?
  • I actually want to use this with an Impress document (which has no images, so embedding/linking is not an issue), so I can post back on this forum with a question; what are my options for that?

Thanks in advance for any answers,
Cheers!

Exporting an office document as single, flat, plain-text XML file?

I could have sworn, in earlier OpenOffices, there was an export of a document to a single, plain-text, so-called "flat" XML file.

However, I've looked through the File/Save As menus, and I cannot find anything like that?

It is a bit of a pain exporting separate screenshots, and editing them to show the full export list - and so here is the full Save As list (of Writer) in both LibreOffice 4.2.1.1:

lo1-saveas.png

... and in Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1:

oo1-saveas.png

... on Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

Now, thankfully, I found this page: OpenOffice flat XML export (cnx.org) - which has this screenshot (re-uploaded to prevent link-rot; click for original location):

cnx.org.graphics3

... where there is clearly a "OpenDocument Text (Flat XML) (.fodt)" Save As option - which is nowhere to be found on my screenshots above!?

So

  • Where has the Flat XML "Save As" option gone?
  • I actually want to use this with an Impress document (which has no images, so embedding/linking is not an issue), so I can post back on this forum with a question; what are my options for that?

Thanks in advance for any answers,
Cheers!


EDIT: just found Getting the XML ... - Ask LibreOffice, where the answer says:

Does your version of LibreOffice support saving as the OpenDocument Text (Flat XML) format ...

... so apparently, there are versions that do not support the Flat XML format... So, an alternative question: where is it documented which versions of LO/OO support this "save as" operation, and which do not? And as a subquestion - would anyone know, why was it removed at all?

Exporting an office document as single, flat, plain-text XML file?

I could have sworn, in earlier OpenOffices, there was an export of a document to a single, plain-text, so-called "flat" XML file.

However, I've looked through the File/Save As menus, and I cannot find anything like that?

It is a bit of a pain exporting separate screenshots, and editing them to show the full export list - and so here is the full Save As list (of Writer) in both LibreOffice 4.2.1.1:

lo1-saveas.png

... and in Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1:

oo1-saveas.png

... on Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

Now, thankfully, I found this page: OpenOffice flat XML export (cnx.org) - which has this screenshot (re-uploaded to prevent link-rot; click for original location):

cnx.org.graphics3

... where there is clearly a "OpenDocument Text (Flat XML) (.fodt)" Save As option - which is nowhere to be found on my screenshots above!?

So

  • Where has the Flat XML "Save As" option gone?
  • I actually want to use this with an Impress document (which has no images, so embedding/linking is not an issue), so I can post back on this forum with a question; what are my options for that?

Thanks in advance for any answers,
Cheers!


EDIT: just found Getting the XML ... - Ask LibreOffice, where the answer says:

Does your version of LibreOffice support saving as the OpenDocument Text (Flat XML) format ...

... so apparently, there are versions that do not support the Flat XML format... So, an alternative question: where is it documented which versions of LO/OO support this "save as" operation, and which do not? And as a subquestion - would anyone know, why was it removed at all?