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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: R: Extracting content from Microsoft word into Forrest
Date Thu, 14 Oct 2004 21:04:02 GMT
Kola Oyedeji wrote:
> Guys
> Thanks for all the feedback. I had seen some solutions but they seemed far
> from ideal.
> Ross I would be interested in helping out but not sure if my knowledge of
> cocoon would be sufficient?

Well, I have to be honest, I have never written a Cocoon generator 
either. I don't have the time to work on this right now, but I didn't 
write the original code anyway. I would recomend you join the Forrest 
dev list as this not appropriate for the user list. We can work it out 
over there.

As I said, I have no problem donating the code we have over on Burrokeet 
to Forrest.

> If there is anything I can help with let me know. I think this would be a
> big plus for more companies moving to Forrest as they would then be able
> To make existing documents available online.

Perhaps a check with Cocoon that there isn't already a generator to do 
this (I haven't looked yet).


> Kola
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Clay Leeds [] 
> Sent: 14 October 2004 15:03
> To:
> Subject: Re: R: Extracting content from Microsoft word into Forrest
> We too, have been starting to move along this path... thanks in large 
> part to Forrest!
> On Oct 14, 2004, at 5:44 AM, Bruno Fonzi wrote:
>>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
>>>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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