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From Cory Newey <cory.ne...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Merge Word docx into another Word dox via XWPFDocument - preserving formatting
Date Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:10:37 GMT
Thanks for the replies.

Unfortunately, I don't just want to tack one document onto the end of
another document. I want to search for a particular word/phrase in the
first document and replace that with the entire contents of the second
document. That means that if I find the text to be replaced inside of a
particular run, I need to preserve all of the contents of the runs before
that run, insert all of the contents from the merged-in document at the
place where run that contains the text-to-be-replaced resides, and then
preserve all of the contents of the runs that come after.

Thanks again.
~Cory


On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 5:19 AM, Murphy, Mark <murphymdev@metalexmfg.com>
wrote:

> That depends on what you mean by merge. Are you just trying to append
> document B onto the end of Document A, or are you trying to mix them
> together in some specific way?
>
> Appending should be just a matter of reading through the document body of
> Document B, and copying the elements to Document A. I wouldn't look for
> just paragraphs, but all elements. That way you shouldn't lose anything.
> The main thing you will have to watch out for is sections. These aren't
> handled well right now (ok, not handled at all). If there is one section in
> the document, the section element will be found at the end of the document,
> and must remain there. If there are multiple sections, all but the last
> section element will be found in the last paragraph properties element of
> the section.
>
> Just remember, the Word interface is still unstable, and subject to
> significant changes. And there is still much that has to be accomplished
> down in the weeds of the CT_ interfaces.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cory Newey [mailto:cory.newey@gmail.com]
> Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2016 4:30 PM
> To: user@poi.apache.org
> Subject: Merge Word docx into another Word dox via XWPFDocument -
> preserving formatting
>
> Hello All:
>
> I've tried to check the FAQ for this question and was unable to find
> anything. I'm not sure if this should be a question for the developers'
> list; I couldn't really tell from the brief description of the various
> lists. Anyway, I figured I'd ask the question here and you guys could
> bounce me over to the developers' list if that is the appropriate place for
> this question.
>
> I have written a program that will merge changes (replace certain words
> with other words/phrases) into a Word (docx) document using XWPFDocument.
> But now I want to replace words/sections of one Word document with an
> entire other Word document. I've tried to update my program so that it
> iterates through the paragraphs/runs of the document to be merged in. It
> merges the text just fine but it loses all formatting, tables, etc. I've
> googled the question and found a few Stack-Overflow posts that talked about
> it, but nothing was of any use to me.
>
> My question is: is it possible to merge one Word document into another
> Word document, such that it copies all formatting, tables, etc from the
> merged-in document (minus any headers/footers - that would be a little
> impossible I think) into the merged-into document - using the XWPFDocument
> object?
>
> Thanks in advance for any help.
> ~Cory
>

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