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From Avik Sengupta <avik.sengu...@itellix.com>
Subject Re: Powerpoint Tools for POI?
Date Mon, 02 Aug 2004 16:22:44 GMT

We're (from having been burnt before), quite vary of dead code.
Therefore, its good to hear you chime in with offer to help. And I
certainly do hope Sudhakar is interested in further developing this

However, first we need to ensure that the author wants the code in POI
in the first place. 


On Mon, 2004-08-02 at 21:05, Ralph Scheuer wrote:
> (To whom it may concern)
> Hello everybody,
> in the course of the last months, I have searched for a free Java  
> framework that can process PowerPoint files.
> Some days ago, I finally found something here:
> http://cvs.apache.org/viewcvs.cgi/jakarta-slide/src/share/org/apache/
> slide/extractor/
> Apparently, one would not expect such things in Slide but rather in  
> POI. Slide's extractors were contributed by Ryan Rhodes. I have tested  
> these at first and this weekend I finally discovered Sudhakar Chavali's  
> classes. This was cross-posted to the Slide User mailing list and the  
> POI User mailing list.
> Sudhakar's classes are even better than those by Ryan Rhodes as they  
> even take care of the document structure. I have just integrated this  
> code into a production framework and fixed an issue where non-ASCII  
> characters (in my case German umlauts) were not displayed correctly.  
> All in all, this seems to be some really good work that might be able  
> to help a lot of people.
> Avik Sengupta has already asked Sudhakar if he wants his work to become  
> part of POI.
> While I do not want to impact his own decision of whether he wants to  
> keep maintaining this code or not, I just wanted to inform you that  
> there is some really good code available to deal with PowerPoint files  
> and that this might also be a starting point for integrating even more  
> PowerPoint functionality into POI.
> I just wondered why this code is in Slide and not in POI and whether  
> there has already been conversation across the different groups. IMHO  
> POI would be a good place for this functionality (the text extraction  
> part is certainly also interesting for the Lucene guys).
> Once Sudhakar's code is in the right hands, I will certainly contribute  
> any fixes we have for this code. If there is anything else I can do to  
> help with this issue, let me know, but keep in mind that I have not  
> been involved in any Jakarta project until now, so I may have to learn  
> a lot.
> Kind regards,
> Ralph Scheuer
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