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Simple Open Document Text templating tool

Project Description

This is a minimal module for creating ODT files based on ODT templates and dictionaries of values.

Note that the template rendering is based on regular expression matches on the ODT internal XML data; as such it should not be considered robust and will most certainly fail on some inputs. However, it’s “good enough” to be very useful considering the tiny code footprint - there are more lines of documentation than code here!

Just be sure to test your templates…


from odt_template import render_odt_template

# Assuming a template that has:
#   - A @TO@ marker somewhere on the page
#   - A table with a row containing @CHILD@ and @NAUGHTY@ markers
#   - An embedded image named XMAS.png
render_odt_template('xmas-template.odt', 'simpsons-family.odt', {
    'to': 'Santa Claus',
    'child': [
        {'child': 'Bart', 'naughty': 'yes'},
        {'child': 'Lisa', 'naughty': 'no'},
        {'child': 'Maggie', 'naughty': 'no'}
    'Pictures/XMAS.png': open('pretty-tree.png', 'r').read()

Why doesn’t my template work?

LibreOffice has probably injected random formatting markup in the middle of your placeholders, preventing the tool from recognizing them. Using “Format, Clear Direct Formatting” and then reformatting again (taking care to always select entire placeholders) usually helps.

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