[Owncloud] [ITC] WebODF

Matthew McKeen mmckeen at ucla.edu
Thu Dec 1 23:31:01 UTC 2011

It was on gitorious a while ago, but I took the fork down when I decided to 
stop working on it.  I will have to search for my old code.


On Friday, December 02, 2011 12:07:54 AM Thomas Müller wrote:
> Hi,
> cool - is your code publicly available?
> THX,
> Thomas
> Am Donnerstag, den 01.12.2011 um 19:40 schrieb Matthew McKeen:
> > Hey all:
> > Last summer, I was experimenting with integrating webODF into ownCloud
> > as an app.  I tried to both integrate it in as a proper application,
> > and as a kind of viewer for .odx documents like the imageviewer app is
> > currently, integrated into the main file manager.  The library worked
> > great for the rendering of .odx documents, but in the case of editing
> > and saving, it was in its infancy.  I decided that I would rather push
> > a fully featured application, with even better rendering, as it had
> > some bugs at the time, as well as something which included some
> > editing capabilities.
> > 
> > I talked with the lead developer on the project over email and irc,
> > and it seemed like editing was not his next goal as far as the project
> > development went.  I plan on getting back into committing to ownCloud
> > over my winter break from university, and will look back into how far
> > webODF has come in its capabilities.  I still have some code around I
> > think, and it shouldn't take me long at all to get a viewer working.
> > If indeed webodf's editing features have improved however, one is
> > still faced with the problem of poor binary upload support in modern
> > js.  HTML5 should fix this, but as far as I know, the APIs for local
> > storage and the likes are not pervasive throughout all browsers yet.
> > I haven't programmed in these parts of the new HTML standard, so I
> > couldn't tell if it is ready for production in an application yet, as
> > far as storing any changes to the .odf document locally, so that
> > should be a goal if we are to pursue this.  Yet .odx is really just a
> > glorified xml document, so database storage in sqlite is also a
> > possibility, although one which I would not prefer to a simple flat
> > file.
> > 
> > I really hope we can get this great library into ownCloud, even the
> > previewing, which is ready pretty much already, would be useful to
> > users.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Matthew McKeen
> > mmckeen at ucla.edu
> > 
> > P.S. I was also one of the contributors to the webOS application.  I
> > stopped when it seemed like webOS was going to die away.  I would
> > rather put my efforts some place more meaningful if the demand is not
> > there for a webOS client, however, I can help finish it if people
> > think that it is of benefit to the project.
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