Issue 22406 - Mozilla / Firefox-like plug-in (stand alone) for viewing OOo documents online.
Summary: Mozilla / Firefox-like plug-in (stand alone) for viewing OOo documents online.
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: current
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 64 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: AOO Later
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
Keywords: needhelp, rfe_eval_ok
Depends on:
Reported: 2003-11-13 05:06 UTC by credmann
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:17 UTC (History)
11 users (show)

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Description credmann 2003-11-13 05:06:21 UTC
We need a Netscape-like plug-in for web view of files using the
XML parser built in the most modern web browsers.
A plug-in may help the OpenOffice file formats to become known and show his
The *.sxw, *.sxc and *.sxd formats may become the new standard (free!) eletronic
document distribution format, like Adobe PDF.
This plug-in must be much smaller than the Adobe Acrobat Reader and use the
<OBJECTÂ…> tag (see W3C recomendation).
Comment 1 stx123 2003-11-13 09:25:00 UTC
moving to framework
Comment 2 stx123 2003-11-13 09:25:38 UTC
Reassign issue to owner of selected subcomponent ui
Comment 3 dcarrera 2003-11-13 12:07:05 UTC
Netscape is dead.  Think "Mozilla".

Yes, there should be a Mozilla plugin.
Comment 4 svante.schubert 2003-11-13 17:24:26 UTC
I guess more than half of this plugin already exists.

The HTML DevelopersGuide for the OpenOffice SDK was originally a SXG
(master document) containing SXW files, it has been transformed by a
officeless XSL transformation.

Therefore, we already have the stylesheets

Unfortunately these stylesheets on that page are a little deprecated
and I currently work for an update of this page (download of latest
version, etc.), as even the OOo1.1 XHTML filter version has already
been enhanced.

I also took a look at the Mozilla Plugin SDK, but only DLL can be added, 
no JAR containing the stylesheets can be added (a XML parser and
processor are part of JDK1.4). 
Even contents (XML files, pictures) can be accessed by a JAR URL over
Mozilla, so no unzipping is explicit necessary.

I would be very delighted if someone could take over the DLL part
(and/or assist me with my stylesheets :) 
Comment 5 credmann 2003-11-15 07:43:53 UTC
I received this from Art:

Try to see these Mozilla bugs :)

Open StarOffice/ files in Mozilla

General module to show widespread XML formats: WML,
DocBook, etc.
Comment 6 thorsten.martens 2003-11-18 09:44:09 UTC
TM->BH: Please have a look, thanks !
Comment 7 credmann 2003-11-23 17:00:11 UTC
If all can see OOo files, all will know OOo.
Think about it.
Comment 8 dcarrera 2004-01-29 01:36:08 UTC
> If all can see OOo files, all will know OOo.
> Think about it.

Though a tad simplistic, the basic idea is correct.  This is how PDF became
popular.  Adobe distributed their reader far and wide.

I don't understand why the corresponding Mozilla issue is setup for "Mozilla
Future".  Is it THAT difficult to add this?  It shouldn't be.  The XSLT to
convert SXW to HTML is already written.
Comment 9 credmann 2004-02-10 04:51:47 UTC
Please have a look, thanks!
Comment 10 superbiskit 2004-02-10 17:38:04 UTC
To credman: umm, the web page looks good -- how about a download link? :-)

With the usual caveats, of course.  Appropriate only for testing purposes. 
Comment 11 superbiskit 2004-02-10 17:59:24 UTC
Check this out, re: Plug-in deployed in Java --

Clearly a work in progress.  Connecting with this should be simplified because
this is also a Sun contribution.

P.S., Maybe credman would Accept this and set it as Started.
Comment 12 bettina.haberer 2004-07-07 15:41:43 UTC
This feature will be integrated into the version OO.o 2.0. The spec is in work
and will be filed soon in this issue. Please stay tuned.I set it on started (in
Comment 13 svante.schubert 2004-07-13 13:40:23 UTC
SUS->BH: Be aware, that the plugin that has been requested here, is demanded as
stand alone plugin (without an StarOffice/OpenOffice installation)
AFAIK the current solution requires an installation on a machine.
Comment 14 svante.schubert 2004-07-13 14:08:26 UTC
Talked to Lutz Hoeger, he stated that most probably only the linked plugin
(usable only for a installed Office version) will be targeted here for OOo2.0.
Hopefully someone of the community is able to create a stand alone viewer via
XSLT. The pluglet API approach seems promising. 
I gonna update the strict XHTML1.0 XSLT stylesheet as part of the childworkspace
XSLTFILTER03 I going to start today.
Comment 15 credmann 2004-07-16 01:50:58 UTC
Only a stand alone plugin (view/print) can popularize the OOo file formats.
Comment 16 askoorb 2004-07-18 23:25:48 UTC
You might want to have a look at this page:


Comment 17 credmann 2004-07-29 03:45:55 UTC
W3C compliant sample:


<object width="100%" height="100%" type="application/vnd.sun.xml.writer"
<param name="codebase"
<param name="pluginspage"
<param name="classid" value="CLSID:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000">

   OOoWriter plugin is missing:<br />
   <a target="blank"
   here <a> to install it.


Comment 18 Martin Hollmichel 2004-08-09 13:57:08 UTC
according to
this issue will be set to OOoLater
Comment 19 falko.tesch 2004-08-17 08:48:57 UTC
FT: Please have a look under
for a detailed specification of a Mozilla plugin to view doxcuments.
Nevertheless this still requires an installed.
I know that many people request a stand-alone plugin but this is not doable for 2.0

Comment 20 credmann 2004-10-05 00:31:39 UTC
Take a look at this model:
Comment 21 askoorb 2005-06-13 14:44:18 UTC
changing summary to reflect firefox's existance etc.
Comment 22 credmann 2005-11-12 22:49:30 UTC
What is Visioo-Writer ?

Visioo-Writer is a free and OpenDocument file viewer.
The project is to create a multi-operating sytem, multi-language, fast and
simple to use program, for the smallest possible size. 


Can we use it like a plug-in?
Comment 23 ohallot 2005-11-17 19:18:36 UTC
Some newletters are spreading the word on this much wanted plugin:
Comment 24 zionit 2006-01-29 20:10:33 UTC
Openoffice pretends to support xforms. Everything (?) can be exported in xforms

For firefox is already a xforms (xhtml) plugin available.

The weird thing is that the openoffice xforms are not be able to be displayed
with the firefox xforms plugin.

Is this a new issue/enhancement or a workaround for this issue when the
openoffice xhtml will be made compatible with the xforms firefox plugin?
Comment 27 Mathias_Bauer 2006-12-11 09:17:55 UTC
We have an internal prototype ready. It needs some improvements, especially for
Impress and Calc and it needs to be adapted to Firefox 2.0.
Svante, as you are the owner of the prototype, please take this one over.
Perhaps you can give a "roadmap" for the plugin here.
Comment 28 msandersen 2008-04-30 07:02:45 UTC
This is still marked as New. I see 2 ODF plugins for Firefox for viewing ODF
files, and it seems OOo also installs a plugin. This is what currently opens
.odt files at present in FF3beta. I had installed ODF Reader on FF2, but it is
currently disabled as incompatible with FF3beta.

ODFReader ( ) 
is what this issue asks for, AFAIK, though incomplete and buggy.I expect a full
implementation would be a big plugin. It's up to the Mozilla crew to decide if
such a plugin, when mature, be made default, but if it's too big, perhaps not.
The existing OOo plugin is a good way to get it to people, as they have no
reason to click an .odt file link if they don't have OOo. PDF is better for
read-only documents. But a standalone plugin for .odp presentations might not be
a bad idea.

odfPlugin ( )
transforms ODF files into HTML pages, so a little different.
Comment 29 cubytus 2008-08-04 14:09:42 UTC
Would be perfect for that stubborn professor of yours who doesn't want to
install on his brand new MacBookPro w/ 200GB free space, and who
still rants about you not using MS Word "as everyone else" / you only providing
an overly simplified RTF version of your document, along with a non-editable,
full layout PDF export
Comment 30 stp 2008-10-17 12:47:30 UTC
All, if you are interested in a standalone ODF viewer you should IMHO ask Adobe
to include an ODF view in Adobe Reader. This would make the acceptance of ODF as
widespread as PDF almost instantly.
Comment 31 credmann 2008-12-07 03:20:07 UTC
They did it:
Comment 32 hramrach 2011-04-27 11:00:25 UTC
1) OpenXML is the MS crap, not ODF
2) Adobe Viewer is junk