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From "Stefan Seifert" <sseif...@pro-vision.de>
Subject AW: MS Word serializer
Date Mon, 20 Aug 2001 13:11:08 GMT

> David Brunkow wrote:
> > 
> > Can anyone tell me if there are any plans to write an MS 
> Word serializer?  I
> > want to conver XML to Word, not Word to XML.
> 
> You have two alternatives (something I had to do in a previous job):
> 
> 1) Learn MS Word XP's XML markup (probably the best solution)
> 2) Use word to open simple HTML files.
> 
> I chose the second because we had a formatted text output 
> that needed to be
> reformatted to a Word document.  The first solution was all 
> Visual Basic for
> Applications (VBA), and loaded the text in and made all the 
> transformations
> in no less than 72 passes.  That was an 8 hour process.
> 
> The second solution used C++ to convert the text to HTML in 
> one pass, load the
> HTML document in Word, and apply a much simpler VBA routine.  
> The whole process
> was down to a couple of minutes (the text 2 html was 5 seconds).
> 
> Check this out with a regular HTML file, but try changing the 
> extention to
> ".doc" and open the page.  (Nothing fancy, just a couple <h1> 
> and <p> tags).
> If it opens correctly, you have your solution:  output HTML, 
> with a Word
> mime-type.

In my experiences the last one (HTML file with extension changed to
.doc) does work only with Word 2000 and above, not with prior versions
(displays plain HTML instead). You have to use some VBA macro code for
this one too (three lines).

Stefan

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