Feature Proposal: Provide an Office Connector like in Confluence


  • Integrate employees that find Foswiki and wikis in general too technical.
  • Help to free all existing documents in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Description and Documentation

  • Edit with Word, Excel, or PowerPoint
  • Embed content from these pages in wiki pages
  • Import documents into the wiki
  • Support for Open Office


See the Office Connector for Confluence from Atlassian, that works with Microsoft Office and Open Office to understand, what I am envisioning.




-- Contributors: MartinSeibert - 01 Nov 2008


M$ Office is obviously widely employed in the commercial setting that is the main target of Foswiki. Most of the bits that Confluence describe are already there in one form or another, albeit less fluidly integrated.
Function Foswiki supports
Convert existing Word documents
copy-paste to WYSIWYG, offline conversion of HTML generated from Word
Edit pages inside M$ Word
Can be done use the (commercial) WebDAVLinkPlugin, but nowhere near as smooth as TinyMCE
Make your documents searchable
Various extensions
Embed your M$ files
Not sure, but I think there's a plugin
View content deep within a file
Nothing analagous
However cleaning up the integration to make an "M$ Office Connector pack" is a lot of work, impacting extensions, template and maybe even the base skin, and IMHO is something unlikely to be addressed unless someone in the community has a really, really good reason (usually meaning an employer/client wants it).

-- CrawfordCurrie - 08 Jul 2010

I would love to get a wiki which allows import and export either from Word or OpenOffice. This will allow team members to review and change text just by using the web interface and for the daily work to modify the text with an advanced editor.

-- StefanFreundel - 17 Aug 2011

http://foswiki.org/Extensions/MsOfficeAttachmentsAsHTMLPlugin doesn't do what you want but it might help you.

-- MartinCleaver - 17 Aug 2011

This might me implemented with the libreoffice-wiki-publisher extension.

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-wiki-publisher libreoffice --convert-to txt:MediaWiki <document.ext>

The last line does batch processing and creates <document.txt>

-- KeesB - 28 Oct 2015

Editing office documents is implemented with WebDAVContrib. For one-click editing attachments there are two implementations: WebDAVLinkPlugin and TopicInteractionPlugin which both interact with WebDAVContrib.

-- MichaelDaum - 31 Oct 2015
Topic revision: r9 - 09 Jan 2019, KellySobiesiak
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