word documents

Jude DaShiell dashielljt at gmpexpress.net
Sun Mar 16 13:00:44 EST 2003

Actually, the msword format is one of the iso standards formats.  It's a
long time since I've had any dealings with Microsoft so I forgot the
number of the standard they sent me.On Sun, 16 Mar 2003, Charles Crawford

> Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 11:22:05 -0500
> From: Charles Crawford <CCrawford at ACB.org>
> Reply-To: speakup at braille.uwo.ca
> To: speakup at braille.uwo.ca
> Subject: Re: word documents
> Hmmm.   I never thought about the proprietary issue with MS-Word.  I wonder
> if we should not be talking with Microsoft to get at least the formatting
> info available?  Oh yeah, didn't Gates give the
> chinese open source Windows?  Hmmm.
> -- charlie.
> At 02:41 AM 03/16/2003 -0500, you wrote:
> >There are Word document viewers for Linux console.  The one I use is
> >called wv.  Another is called antiword.  No doubt, there are more.
> >Because Word is a proprietary format, and the specification is not
> >available, the authors of programs such as wv have had to
> >reverse-engineer a bit.  Because of this, certain things in the Word
> >document may not decode as well as we'd like.  Nonetheless, I use wv
> >and get reasonable results when converting from Word to html.  The
> >resulting html source is quite bloated, but, it's there.
> >
> >For pdf conversion, there's pdftotext.  This is part of the xpdf
> >package, and may already be on your system.  Surprise, it was already
> >on my stock installation of RH 7.2.  the one thing I don't like about
> >pdftotext-s rendering, is that hyperlinks get lost.  To preserve the
> >navigability of pdf documents, I visit <access.adobe.com>, and submit
> >the url of a pdf document (assuming I've found it on the web) to the
> >form.  What comes back is a nice html rendering (links and all).
> >
> >
> >Hope this helps,
> >
> >
> >-Dave
> >
> >
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