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Strictly enforced writer templates

Postby bjorn_johansson » Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:07 pm

Hi,
I have a general question about the possibilities of templates in writer.

Is it possible to create and enforce a template in OO writer, so that the user cannot (easily) add content that is formatted differently.
I am thinking of the problems of sending around documents by email where several authors add their part. The people I collaborate with usually copy-paste stuff into the documents, but strange formatting usually follow. From this follows also that the template should not permit more than the predefined styles, text sizes and fonts.

I know that advanced tools exist for collaboration on-line, but it is not easy to convince people to use them.

Note that this is not to deal with people doing bad things intentionally, but only the mistakes non-tech people do.

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Re: Strictly enforced writer templates

Postby Villeroy » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:15 pm

Visit the templates folder and recursively change the ownership of all files to user root and group root.
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$ cd .openoffice.org/3/user/template/
$ sudo chown -R root:root *
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Re: Strictly enforced writer templates

Postby Hagar Delest » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:27 pm

But that won't prevent users from creating new styles in documents created from the templates. I don't think there is another solution than 'education'! You can use master documents but the authors still have to use the same styles as those in the templates.
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Re: Strictly enforced writer templates

Postby Villeroy » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:38 pm

Yes, shure. At least you have the secured templates a safe backup of formatting rules. The only reason why people love to use this type of word processor is the liberty to do anything they like in WYSIWYG mode.
I use to write all my "official" letters with Lyx where I'm restricted to fill out a box with the postal address, one for the subject line, one for salutation and a multi-line text box for the letter content. The result is a 100% perfectly formatted letter in German DIN format. I don't even understand how the formatting works.
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