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Re: [O] question about ODT export behavior

From: Jambunathan K
Subject: Re: [O] question about ODT export behavior
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:24:01 +0530
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (windows-nt)

>> Can you give me a hint where I can find some documentation about
>> changing the styles.xml?
> You can have a look at contrib/odt/README.org.  Jambunathan points 
> to this message, which can help:
>   http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-orgmode/2011-03/msg01460.html

Here is the relevant variable.

,----[ C-h v org-export-odt-styles-file RET ]
| org-export-odt-styles-file is a variable defined in `org-odt.el'.
| Its value is nil
| Documentation:
| Default style file for use with ODT exporter.
| Valid values are path to an styles.xml file or a path to a valid
| *.odt or a *.ott file or a list of the form (FILE (MEMBER1
| MEMBER2 ...)). In the last case, the specified FILE is unzipped
| and MEMBER1, MEMBER2 etc are copied in to the generated odt
| file. The last form is particularly useful if the styles.xml has
| reference to additional files like header and footer images.
| You can customize this variable.
| [back]

Here is a specific example:

| (setq org-export-odt-styles-file
|       '("~/tmp-orgmode/Thu Thong Bao - Trai Ve Nguon XV (2011).odt"
|         ("styles.xml" "Pictures/10000000000002740000034B83A526F3.png")))
| the styles.xml and header images would get copied on to the generated
| odt file. 
| If the desired styles.xml makes no references to other files (as in the
| example above) then the above variable could be set to 
| (setq org-export-odt-styles-file
|       "~/tmp-orgmode/Thu Thong Bao - Trai Ve Nguon XV (2011).odt")
| or 
| (setq org-export-odt-styles-file "~/elisp/styles.xml")

I am seeing that customization interface for org-export-odt-styles-file
variable is only partially done. If the customization interface doesn't
do the right thing for you, you can use the setq form temporarily.

The default styles file used by the odt exporter is:

There is also an automatic styles file in there.

If you are interested in customizing the styles you could do this:

1. Export test.org to test.odt

2. Open test.odt and use the OpenOffice stylist to change the
   user-defined styles. The Org-specific user stlyes have `Org' as a

   Hint: One can use M-x occur RET Org RET in OrgOdtStyles.xml buffer to
   see the Org specific styles.

   Caution: The style-names used in the styles.xml are the style-names
   written out in content.xml. So it is important that the style-names
   be not changed at all. 

3. Save the newly styled test.odt as say ~/.emacs.d/org-odt/custom.odt
   or ~/.emacs.d/org-odt/custom.ott file.

4. Use one of the following:

   1. Customize org-export-odt-styles-file to the custom.odt or
      custom.ott file.

   2. If you are a bit adventurous, you can open the newly saved
      test.odt in an archive-mode, extract the styles.xml and save it to

      Then customize org-export-odt-styles-file to point to the above
      styles.xml file.

I anticipate more questions and follow-on enhancements to styles
interface as more and more people start using it. So all inputs are

Jambunathan K.

> HTH,


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