Fun2write, single-sourcing with OpenOffice.org

Fun2write is a framework, supporting writers in the production of crossmedia documentation. It brings together OpenOffice.org as an editing environment on the input side, and Norman Walsh's docbook-xsl on the output side.

Writing guidelines and templates as well as corresponding production drivers and stylesheets empower the user to run an OpenOffice.org based single-source solution. Its consistent output supports all formats docbook-xsl offers, including websites, PDF and CHM.

The OpenOffice.org file format is used as one single source: The user has not to export documents and eventually manage different types of the same file. All production work, including conversion of text and images, will be operated over a simple GUI. Fun2write can be installed locally or on a workgroup host. It's components are available for all common operating systems.

Meta data and special docbook-xsl formating instructions are stored by hidden user-fields inside OpenOffice.org documents. The user accesses this set of user-fields through OpenOffice.org macros. Docbook filters currently available for OpenOffice.org had been extended accordingly.

Once Fun2write is set up, the user may simply focus on the writing job with unspoiled fun – Fun to write.