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I'm completely puzzled - I'm sure I've done this before, but now I fail. I have a local .html text, which opens up in Firefox just fine.

Then I try to open the same file in swriter (or lowriter); and regardless if I specify on command line - or I try File / Open and then select "HTML Document ( Writer)" or "Web Pages" from the file open extension filter - instead of getting formatted text as I expect, I first get something called "ASCII filter options":


... and then the HTML source code gets loaded as "plain text" in Writer ??!:


I'd otherwise expect the "HTML formatted" or "rich text" to appear (i.e. bold, italic)... Anyone have an idea what is going on?

Many thanks in advance for any answers,

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Ahhh, damn it, this is so dumb - well, as you can see on the screenshot, my HTML file actually starts with:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1" ?> 
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
<html xmlns=""  

Turns out, Open/LibreOffice Writer MUST see a starting <html> tag - otherwise it apparently does not consider the file to be HTML at all!! (in contrast, Firefox does not care, and opens this same file happily).

So I just opened the HTML in a text editor, deleted the first few lines - and now that the HTML file starts with:

<html xmlns=""  

... Open/LibreOffice Writer also happily opens it as "rich text".

Damn it, wish this wasn't so convoluted :) ... Cheers!

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Wish I could upvote more than once! – Hephaestus Dec 25 '14 at 0:19

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