Bug 137954 - Include odt2braille as a feature in LibreOffice
Summary: Include odt2braille as a feature in LibreOffice
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2020-11-03 09:09 UTC by juergenkohler23
Modified: 2021-05-31 08:25 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description juergenkohler23 2020-11-03 09:09:24 UTC
For earlier LibreOffice versions there was an optional extension called odt2braille (http://odt2braille.sourceforge.net/), which made it possible to create braille files directly from LibreOffice. Unfortunately this extension does not work for current LibreOffice versions anymore and it would be nice if this old extension could be adapted, tested and implemented for the current LibreOffice versions.

Actual Results:
Currently it is not possible to create a braille file directly from LibreOffice documents.

Expected Results:
Possibility to create a braille file directly from LibreOffice.

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

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Comment 1 Peter Franke 2020-11-03 10:22:34 UTC
I also think this is important to be able to print files directly from the application through a Braille printer. Without this conversion the document cannot be printed by software like RTFC. It would be good if LibreOffice could work together with RTFC in this respect if necessary.
Comment 2 Julien Nabet 2020-11-03 18:12:30 UTC
What about contacting authors of the extension?
There's a lack of dev resources in LO so don't think it will be integrated in LO above all if it must be fixed. Now I may be wrong of course.
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2020-11-04 08:08:17 UTC
Agree with the extension (=> NOB) but don't see need for UX input.
Comment 4 jonathon 2020-11-04 19:46:29 UTC
ODT2Braille.oxt was part of a project designed to explore third generation accessibility. The project started in 2008, with a lifetime of 48 months.

It is licensed under the GNU LGPL 3.0 license.
Source code is a combination of C, Java, XSL.

The last version release was in 2014-06-29, which was a snapshot, not for production release.
The last code change was made in 2013-05-21

Due to the vast changes in LibO since ODT2Braille was abandoned, it probably would be easier to rewrite it from scratch.


The OST2Braille extension attempts to solve four basic issues:

* Conversion of the writing system to Braille;
* Reformatting the presentation markup to one of the various Braille presentation markup standards;
* Send output to Braille printers;
* Save output in various Braille text formats;

Comment 5 Heiko Tietze 2020-11-05 08:35:04 UTC Comment hidden (off-topic)
Comment 6 juergenkohler23 2021-05-31 08:25:25 UTC
Is there any new information here?