Haven't done this in a while, but I just tested, and ODT custom style files
work fine for me under Org 8.3.4. (Note: I haven't pulled the latest Org
changes; waiting for another package to catch up.)
I've never know this to fail as such. I did have a problem for a while
using .odt files as stylesheets on Mac under Snow Leopard, which
apparently didn't get the command Org used to unzip the ODT file and
extract the style document. I never found the fix, so for a while I
worked around it by extracting the style .xml manually and referenced that file
instead. Now everything seems to be working as it should, though.
Eduardo Mercovich writes:
> Hi Philip.
>>> First time out, very disappointing and confusing results.
>>> Having created a styled example.odt file as per instructions in the
>>> (info "(org) Applying custom styles")
>> Sanity check: anyone able to confirm they've done this successfully?
> I did it, but a looong time ago. I don't remember how to and since those
> times, I had a new machine and reinstalled emacs/org-mode from zero to
> make it clean, sorry I can't help.
> The good news is that -at least in some previous past- it worked. :)