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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: Resolving MS Word Binary File Format
Date Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:04:03 GMT

On Jan 17, 2012, at 2:50 PM, Andrea Pescetti wrote:

> On 09/01/2012 Liang Weike wrote:
>> I'm making an investigation of OpenOffice processing the documents of MS
>> Office's binary file formats. ...
>> So, has OpenOffice improved the flow and construction of resolving MS
>> Office's binary file formats after MS offered the specification?
> As far as I know, no substantial rewriting of the filters for
> doc/xls/ppt files happened after Microsoft released the specification:
> I've seen several incremental improvements over the years, but never a
> complete rewrite.
> I don't actually know if Microsoft released the specification in a form
> that would make it easy to write an import filter from scratch.

If you want to use Java then you might take a look at Apache POI. It will at least give you
ideas and the synergy back if AOO is further along with something would be great as well.


> Regards,
>  Andrea.

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