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From "Bruno Fonzi" <>
Subject R: Extracting content from Microsoft word into Forrest
Date Thu, 14 Oct 2004 12:44:14 GMT

In the organizations I have been using Forrest so far, we had the same
We have converted the exiting MSWord files to the OpenOffice format as
described and everyone has been simply writing new documentation
directly in OpenOffice.
Forrest has been the big incentive to switch to OpenOffice.
Nobody is missing MS Word at all.


-----Messaggio originale-----
Da: Juan Jose Pablos [] 
Inviato: giovedì 14 ottobre 2004 12.40
Oggetto: Re: Extracting content from Microsoft word into Forrest

Ross Gardler escribió:
> Over on our project we have gone a different route. We use a version 
> of
> Open Office running as a server to convert from MS format to Open 
> Office. Forrest supports Open Office so, with this conversion process
> can support MS Office too. The benefit of this approach is that it
> supports earlier versions of MS Office and we have the whole Open
> community in writing decent converters.

I would like to see something like:

oowriter myfile.doc -output myfile.sxw

It seems quite common for any organization to have a big buch of word 
files, so if you can doit by command line then you can create a 5 
minutes script to convert all of these files. I does not matter if that 
takes a week or two because is the server who does the job not you.


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