If you work with tex4ht to convert LaTeX to OpenDocument (for subsequent Word conversion in NeoOffice, say), you may find yourself wanting to doctor an
.odt file. At least I did; sometimes tex4ht outputs an odt with problems or syntax errors. But here’s the nice thing, if you need some quick odt first aid: as I learned from this article by Maarten Wisse, an odt is really just a zip archive.
> unzip test.odt Archive: test.odt creating: META-INF/ inflating: META-INF/manifest.xml creating: Pictures/ inflating: content.xml inflating: meta.xml inflating: settings.xml inflating: styles.xml
Mirabile dictu, those xml files are pretty easy to read. All the good stuff is in
styles.xml. You can burrow into these files wth a text editor, modifying style parameters or the way tex4ht has tried to tag your content. And when you’re done:
> zip test.odt content.xml updating: content.xml (deflated 81%)
That’s all! If NeoOffice gives you an error when it tries to open a generated odt, it will tell you the line number of the syntax problem, and you can just fix it by hand.
All right, I know, kludge city. But very, very useful in a pinch.