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GenericSetup importer and exporter for workflow definitions that uses CSV instead of XML

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by Martin Aspeli <>

This package contains tools for working with DC Workflow definitions via
spreadsheets (or rather, CSV format).

It consists of:

- A GenericSetup exporter that can dump a workflow definition to a CSV file
- A GenericSetup importer that can create a workflow definition from a CSV
- An in-browser tool to sanity-check a workflow

Note that the CSV format is not completely equivalent to the standard
XML-based GenericSetup format to import/export workflow definitions. If you
require the full power of DCWorkflow, you should continue to use the XML
based format. This is not (just) due to laziness - the CSV format has been
simplified to make common operations easy.

For an example CSV file, see


A file like this would normally go in


where wf_name is the name of the workflow in portal_workflow. Note that you still need at least a workflows.xml to initialise the workflow definition.

Also note that if a full workflow definition does exist (e.g. in
profiles/default/workflows/my_workflow/definition.xml), the CSV importer will
*not* attempt to run an import, so as not to conflict or overwrite changes.

To invoke the sanity checker, type a URL like this into your browser:


Here, "Plone" is the name of the Plone instance and "my_workflow" is the name
of your workflow definition. The output will be written to the browser window
in plain text.

1.0a1 - Unreleased

* Initial release

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