Re: Fwd: request

From: Martin Sevior (
Date: Wed May 15 2002 - 23:29:21 EDT

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    Hi Andre,
            For the unix abiword, download the AbiCommand plugin then type:

    abiword --plugin AbiCommand.

    You'll get a commandline interface to abiword from which you process
    documents as you wish including loading and saving to different formats.

    Since it is a command line you easily write simple scripts to make it do
    whatever you want.

    Type "help" at the command line to get a list of the available options.

    This is only for unix builds though.



    On Wed, 15 May 2002, Hubert Figuiere wrote:

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    > Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 06:23:51 -0400
    > From: Andre Warnier <>
    > Subject: request
    > Sender: Andre Warnier <>
    > To: AbiWord developers <>
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    > Dear Sirs,
    > 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
    > the place.
    > In the system being developed, the original document is kept and stored f=
    > or
    > 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=
    > o
    > be post-filtered by various means before being sent to the full-text
    > system.
    > (I could also take XML output e.g.).
    > In other words - in a manner of speaking - the text result does not have =
    > to
    > be faithful to the original word document in terms of presentation, layou=
    > t
    > 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
    > ISO-8859-1 range.
    > 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=
    > y
    > using the wvWare import library - and AbiWord seems to do an excellent jo=
    > b
    > 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 =
    > a
    > GPL.
    > Thank you in advance,
    > Andr=E9 Warnier
    > EIS LP
    > tel +49-7433-385419
    > fax +49-7433-385418
    > email :
    > ----- End forwarded message -----

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