=head1	NAME

OpenOffice::OODoc::Meta - Access to document properties (metadata)


The OpenOffice::OODoc::Meta class is a specialist derivative of
OpenOffice::OODoc::XPath for XML members which describe the metadata
of OpenOffice.org documents.

=head2	Methods

=head3	Constructor : OpenOffice::OODoc::Meta->new(<parameters>)

        Short Form: ooMeta(<parameters>)

        See OpenOffice::OODoc::XPath->new

        The XML member loaded by default is 'meta.xml'.


            $my meta	= OpenOffice::OODoc::Meta->new
            	(file => 'document.sxw');

        returns a new object which represents the metadata of the
        OpenOffice.org "document.sxw".

=head3	addKeyword(text)

        Adds the given text to the list of document keywords if not already


            $meta->addKeyword("tech watch");

=head3	creation_date()

        Without argument, returns the document's creation date in
        OpenOffice.org (ISO-8601) format.

        Example of returned value:


	The returned value can be converted in standard numeric time format
	with the ooTimelocal() function.

	With argument, inserts the given string (without checking) as the
        creation date. The argument, if any, must comply with the OOo
	(ISO-8601) date format. The ooLocaltime() function can be used in
	order to convert a regular Perl time() value in OOo format.

=head3	creator()

        Without argument, returns the document author's name.

        With argument, modifies the document author's name.

=head3	date()

        Without argument, returns the document's date of last modification,
        in OpenOffice.org format.

        With argument, inserts the given string (without checking) as the
        last modification date. The argument, if any, must comply with the
	OOo date format (ISO-8601). The ooLocaltime() function can be used
	in order to convert a regular Perl time() value in OOo format.

	The returned value can be converted in standard numeric time format
	with the ooTimelocal() function.

=head3	description()

        Without argument, returns the contents of the document properties
        "Description" field.

        With argument, inserts the given text in the "Description" field.

=head3	editing_cycles()

        Without argument, returns the number of edit sessions (i.e. saves,
        under OpenOffice.org or StarOffice). Or, technically, the number of

        With argument, modifies this number without checking.

=head3	editing_duration()

        Without argument, returns the total editing time for the document,
        in OpenOffice.org date/time format.

        For example, the returned string can be:


        which in this case means that the document has been edited for 2
        days, 11 hours, 27 minutes and 33 seconds.

        With argument, forces a new value into this property without

=head3	generator()

        Without argument, returns a label representing the signature of the
        software which generated the document. Example of signature:

            "OpenOffice.org 1.1.1 (Linux)"

        With argument, inserts any signature.

=head3	keywords()

        Without argument, returns a list of the document's keywords. In a
        list context, the result is a table where each element is a keyword.
        In a scalar context, the keywords are returned in a single character
        string, each of which is separated by a comma and a space.

        With arguments, adds a list of keywords to the existing one. The
        only checking carried out is to see if the keyword already exists,
        if so it is not added.

=head3	language()

        Without argument, returns the content of the language variable.


        With argument, changes the content of this variable without

=head3	removeKeyword(keyword)

        Removes the given keyword if it exists.

=head3	statistic()

        Without argument, returns a hash which represents the entire
        "statistics" section of the metadata. The content depends on the
        type of document.


		'meta:table-count'	=> number of tables
		'meta:image-count'	=> number of images
		'meta:object-count'	=> number of OLE objects
		'meta:page-count'	=> number of pages
		'meta:paragraph-count'	=> number of paragraphs
		'meta:word-count'	=> number of words
		'meta:character-count'	=> number of characters


		'meta:table-count'	=> number of sheets
		'meta:cell-count'	=> number of non-empty cells
		'meta:object-count'	=> number of objects (images, etc.)


            my $meta	= OpenOffice::OODoc::Meta->new("invoice.sxc");
            my %stat	= $meta->statistic;
            print 	"This invoice contains " .
            	"$stat{'meta:cell-count'} cells and "	.
            	"$stat{'meta:table-count'} pages\n";

        With arguments, you can modify (or falsify ?!) all or some of the
        statistical data and even create attributes which are not created by
        the OpenOffice.org or StarOffice software. Arguments are passed in
        pairs [key => value] and handled without checking.


            	('meta:table-count' => '4', 'status' => 'OK');

        This example forces the number of tables to 4 (whatever the reality)
        and adds an arbitrary attribute 'status' with value 'OK' [18] .

=head3	subject()

        Without argument, returns the document's subject.

        With argument, adds a new subject to the document.

=head3	title()

        Without argument, returns the document's title.

        With argument, adds a new title to the document.

=head3	user_defined()

        Returns a list of the four fields which appear in the User tab of
        the Properties dialog in OpenOffice.org. These fields are called, by
        default, "Info 1" to "Info 4". The end user can change their names
        and their content.

        The list is returned in the form of a hash of 4 elements whose
        keywords represent the field names and whose values represent their

        By supplying a similar hash of 4 elements as an argument, this
        method deletes and replaces the existing content.

        If the number of elements supplied in the hash is less than 4, the
        last fields are left untouched. If, however, the hash contains more
        than 4 elements, only the first 4 are taken into account.

=head2	Properties

        As for OpenOffice::OODoc::XPath

=head2	Exported functions

=head3	ooLocaltime([$time_value])

	Converts the numeric time given in argument to an OpenOffice-compliant
	date (ISO-8601). The argument type is the same as for the standard
	Perl localtime() function, i.e. a number of seconds since the "epoch".
	It can be, for example, a value previously returned by a time() call.

	Without argument, returns the current local time in OOo format.

	The result of this function can be used as an argument for the date()
	or creation_date() methods of OpenOffice::OODoc::Meta.



	This line puts the current time as the last modification date in the
	document (assuming $doc is an OpenOffice::OODoc::Meta object).

=head3	ooTimelocal($oodate)

	Converts a date in OOo format (ISO-8601) in a regular Perl numeric
	time format, i.e. a number of seconds since the "epoch". So, the
	returned value can be processed with any Perl date formatting or
	calculation function.


		my $date_created = ooTimelocal($doc->creation_date());
		$lt = localtime($date_created);
		$elapsed = time() - $date_created;
		print "This document has been created $date_created\n";
		print "$elapsed seconds ago";
	This sequence prints the creation date of a document in local time
	string format, then prints the number of seconds between the creation
	date and now.

	Note: This function requires the Time::Local Perl module.

=head1	NOTES

See OpenOffice::OODoc::Notes(3) for the footnote citations ([n])
included in this page.

This man page has been adapted from a chapter of the original
reference manual. This manual is in OpenOffice.org (SXW) format.

It's freely downloadable from the project page


Copyright 2004 by Genicorp, S.A. (http://www.genicorp.com)

Initial developer: Jean-Marie Gouarne (http://jean.marie.gouarne.online.fr)

Initial English version of the reference manual
by Graeme A. Hunter (graeme.hunter@zen.co.uk)
Licensing conditions:

	- Genicorp General Public Licence v1.0
	- GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1

Contact: oodoc@genicorp.com