From: phearbear (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed May 15 2002 - 18:31:13 EDT
Hubert Figuiere wrote:
>----- Forwarded message from email@example.com -----
>Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 06:23:51 -0400
>From: Andre Warnier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Sender: Andre Warnier <email@example.com>
>To: AbiWord developers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>I recently discovered AbiWord (and wvWare). Very nice, and thanks a lot.=
>In the course of a development project, I am looking for a command-line
>driven Word-to-text conversion utility, preferably working both under
>Unix(es) and Windows NT/2000. It is to be called by a "daemon/service"
>process, so it should not pop up interactive messages/questions all over
>In the system being developed, the original document is kept and stored f=
>later retrieval, and the text result of the conversion is destined to be
>input in a full-text search & retrieval system. This text result can als=
>be post-filtered by various means before being sent to the full-text
>(I could also take XML output e.g.).
>In other words - in a manner of speaking - the text result does not have =
>be faithful to the original word document in terms of presentation, layou=
>etc..., what is important is that the words would be there, mostly. The
>expected character set of the original word documents would be in the
>I am not a guru-level programmer, more someone able to assemble existing
>pieces and twiddle with them to make them fit into an application.
>I have looked at various commercially available converters, but none of
>them seems to be available for Unix platforms.
>I have tried to use wvWare under Windows NT, and cannot seem to make it
>work reliably : some documents make it crash with invalid accesses etc..
>On the other hand, I have installed AbiWord under NT - which is supposedl=
>using the wvWare import library - and AbiWord seems to do an excellent jo=
>of importing the same Word documents, and save them as plain text. And
>AbiWord is also much much easier to install on a NT system.
>I am thus turning to you with a request : would a developer in your group=
>be interested in creating, on the base of the AbiWord modules, the
>command-line utility that I need (or a command-line wrapper around
>AbiWord), and if yes under what conditions ?
>I have no problem with the utility in question being placed itself under =
>Thank you in advance,
>email : email@example.com
>----- End forwarded message -----
Even though it might not fit saying this in a Abiword Mailinglist ;),
there is a very handy util called 'antiword' which simply converts a
word document to plain text in a nice way.
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