Microsoft Word Automation, Zope, Plone, External Editor -- Interesting Problem
Posted on 2006-06-21
Basically -- we are using External Editor (0.9.1) loaded from Plone (2.1rc2 - customized) -- which is of course running on top of Zope (2.8.2), on top of Python (2.3.5). I am looking to modify the client side component of External Editor to change the default behavior of Microsoft Word (2003, SP2) when used with External Editor. When you hit "Save", I want it to do the equiv of going to "Save As", selecting "Filtered HTML", selecting the proper temporary file name (.../.../.../something.html), and saying "yes" to the warning that it could "lose data" in the conversion.
The goal is that from an end user perspective, they simply click "External Editor" (which automatically loads word), edit the file, click “save” (or control-s) and close the file – the magic happens on the backend.
Bonus points if you can find a way to reload the page (if still up) in the web browser to instantly reflect the changes made.
I will give credit for complete solutions, or even just good brainstorming that gets me on the right path to a solution. Thanks Much!