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Revision of ODF backend for AsciiDoc from Fri, 2011-12-02 23:50

The ODF backend for AsciiDoc enables AsciiDoc users to directly convert documents from AsciiDoc to Open Document Format v1.2.

AsciiDoc is a lightweight markup language that maps to DocBook semantics and makes writing (technical) documentation and presentations more enjoyable as it removes styling and formating from the creative process.

AsciiDoc is useful in the following cases:

  • You need a text-based source format for documents
  • Documents are versioned in a version control system (VCS) like subversion or git
  • Multiple people collaborate on document(s)
  • Documents need to be merged and compared often
  • You like to focus on content, not formatting/styling when writing


The ODF backend provides the following features to a documentation workflow:

  • Visual styling and formatting using LibreOffice (no more need to modify pesky XSLT or XSL-FO)
  • Saving and re-applying styles during processing (simply modify styles in LibreOffice and save them to reapply)
  • Converting to various formats supported by LibreOffice (export plugins include PDF, DOC, HTML, …)
  • Support for flat ODF (.fodt and .fodp) files to help with experimenting (flat ODF files are useful for manual styling, debugging or learning ODF) Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
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