OpenOffice::OODoc installation (2008-10-10) SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Perl >= 5.8.0 Archive::Zip >= 1.14 XML::Twig >= 3.22 Time::Local >= 1.07 File::Temp >= 0.12 INSTALLATION FROM THE CPAN DISTRIBUTION Uncompress the distribution archive, enter the OpenOffice-OODoc-x.xxx directory and (as system administrator), type the following commands: perl Makefile.PL [options] make test make install For MSWin32, "make" can be replaced by "nmake". If the Microsoft NMAKE utility is not present in your environment, you can get it at http://download.microsoft.com/download/vc15/Patch/1.52/W95/EN-US/Nmake15.exe If Archive::Zip and XML::Twig are already installed, this CPAN installation works without a C compiler, because OpenOffice::OODoc is pure Perl. Otherwise, if these required modules are not installed and if you don't have a C development environment, you should use another distribution (such as the PPM one for ActivePerl, if available) instead, knowing that the CPAN Archive::Zip and XML::Twig distributions can indirectly bring a lot of C source code. You will be prompted for the following parameters: - the local character set (default = iso-8859-1); - an optional color map file (default = none), if the user needs to use symbolic names instead of RGB values for color attributes in the documents (this file can be the generally available "rgb.txt" file of the X-Window system, or any specific, user-defined file with the same structure); - the working directory for temporary files (by default, the working directory is ".", i.e. the current directory of each application); - the preferred file format, to be used when you create a new document from scratch (answer "1" for OpenOffice.org, "2" for OASIS OpenDocument Format, default is "2"). The interactivity can be avoided by the --noprompt option. The parameters can be provided at the command line with (respectively) the --encoding <encoding>, --colormap <file>, --workdir <path> and --format <number> options. Example: perl Makefile.PL --noprompt --workdir "C:\Temp" --encoding "cp1252" The full customization step can be avoided with the --noconfig option. If this option is used, all the default values are installed. These options define installation-level default values only; each of these values can be overridden by the applications (thanks, for example, to the odfLocalEncoding(), odfWorkingDirectory() and odfLoadColorMap() functions). The installation-level options are stored in a XML file (OODoc/config.xml) below the installation directory. This file can be manually edited at any time after the installation in order to change any parameter. A variable $OpenOffice::OODoc::INSTALLATION_DATE is available for the applications; it contains the installation date in ISO-8601 format. If the customization has been skipped (due to the --noconfig option), this variable contains the packaging date of the distribution. Caution, this value is significant if the installation has been done from the original CPAN distribution only. The date of the original CPAN package is provided by the variable $OpenOffice::OODoc::BUILD_DATE. If the installation is successful, the test procedure generates a document, writes some content in it, and checks the result. This document is named 'odftest.odt' or 'ootest.sxw' (according to your default file format) and resides in the working directory of the installation. You can later check this document with a compatible text processor or viewer. A Perl executable script, oodoc_version, is provided in the package. After a successful installation using the CPAN distribution, this script displays the version number, the package build date, and the installation path. A more sophisticated script, oodoc_test, is provided as an executable example; this script generates a document which may be checked using an ODF-compatible text processor.