Python, win32com, lotus123

brix22 at brix22 at
Wed Nov 22 05:29:52 CET 2000

In article <eBZR5.63133
$a7.1106848 at>,
  "Larry Whitley" <ldwhitley at> wrote:
> What I'm trying to do is to
> use win32com to interface to Lotus 123 to
generate some nice printable and
> viewable graphs.  I've managed to start 123
program and make it visible but
> need some pointers on how to put the data into
Lotus and generate and print
> graphs.  I assume that there is some Lotus
documentation that I'm missing -
> can someone point me in the right direction?
Or perhaps tell me what I
> should be looking for?

Following up on your example, here's some code to
open a window on the document and enter some text
in a range.

import win32com.client
ssDoc = win32com.client.Dispatch
( "Lotus123.Workbook" )
ssDoc.Parent.Visible = 1
print ssDoc.Author
docWindow = ssDoc.NewDocWindow()
ssDoc.Ranges("A:A1").Contents = "foo"

It's been about four years since I've worked in
the SmartSuite object models extensively, but the
main tips for figuring them out are ...

(1) Use the record feature to get 1-2-3 to create
LotusScript code for you.
(2) The resulting code often uses shortcuts which
can't be accessed through automation.  Use
the "Browser" in the Script Editor to look
through the list of available classes to figure
out what object "owns" the object you are trying
to work with.  That object will likely have some
sort of accessor method to let you get at the
object you really want (e.g. the Ranges method in
the Document class).
(3) Make sure the LotusScript help files are
installed.  They are not by default.

- Doug

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