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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Standard Word 2003 template for converting Wordml-> Docbook

Yes, such a template exists. It is available through O'Reilly publishing.
Check out this link:


It's a simplified version of DocBook, but it's quite usable, and can be
extended to full DocBook.

- Dan Gilleland

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Hummel" <mhummel@pcug.org.au>
To: <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 9:20 PM
Subject: [docbook-apps] Standard Word 2003 template for converting Wordml ->

> The motivation for this question is that archiving and processing of word
> documents using xml has been increasing and quite often Docbook is a good
> choice. (For example journal articles authored in word).
> It has been my experience so far that writing stylesheets to transform a
> document from WordML to Docbook is fairly straightforward. However,
> each organisation has their own set of styles named for their particular
> operation. That means that a new stylesheet has to be written for every
> organisation and while the structure is similar there is nonetheless
> some duplication of effort.
> A standard word template where the styles have a determined correspondance
> to a docbook element (even if not 1:1) would have the consequence that
> only one stylesheet need be written, modulo customisation. It would also
> save those organisations time by not having to develop their own
> templates; only some data analysis would be required to ensure that their
> content can be preserved in docbook.
> So does such a template exist? if not, I intend to declare one as a
> starting point for such a standard. It is possible? Are there technical or
> other reasons that I am missing? Do people agree on it's usefulness?
> Thanks,
> Mark.
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