I needed to automate this process via a macro, but it wasn't as simple as I at first thought.
Its easy to use a filter with loadComponentFromURL, to create a NEW Calc doc. But I wanted to place it specifically into an existing doc.
I then found ability to link to External Data via macro using AreaLinks.insertAtPosition. This worked wonderfully, but I didn't like that it retained links.. I just wanted a dump of the data, no strings attached.
I moved to try doing copy and paste via a Shell command, wget | xclip, and .uno:Paste , but the paste was always "unformatted text" and thus pasted raw html.
I went back to AreaLinks.insertAtPosition .. figured if I can insert a link, and then remove the link (retaining the data), I've essentially achieved my objective. So this is the macro I ended up with (works with OO 3.2 and LO 4.1):
Sub InsertWebLinkAtSelection(url As String, section As String)
Dim oDoc As Object
Dim oAddress As new com.sun.star.table.CellAddress
oDoc = ThisComponent
oSelection = oDoc.getCurrentController().getSelection()
if oSelection.supportsService("com.sun.star.sheet.SheetCell") then
oAddress = oSelection.getCellAddress()
End SubThe key was that last line... oDoc.AreaLinks.removeByIndex(getCount()) .. doesn't affect any exist links in document. So it creates a link, which inserts the data at current cell address, and then removes the link.
Note: The "section" argument is either "all" or "1", "2", "3",.. etc representing which html table element you want.
Note 2: I also found that this method doesn't respect the http://user@pw:URL method, so I did have to use : Shell ("bash",0,"-c 'wget -O /tmp/file.html http://user@pw:URL....'", true) to get the results to a temp file, and then used InsertWebLinkAtSelection("file:///tmp/file.html","all")