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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] [SPAM] What is best practize to convert MS Word into PDF through DocBook XSL?
On Fri, Aug 25, 2006 at 05:11:35PM +0200, Darya Said-Akbari wrote: > Hi, > > I experimented the last days with DocBook XML and XSL > and I must say that with Bob Stayton's guide (I have > ordered a copy for our company) it's really making > fun. > > However, I must admit that I created a clean DocBook > XML from Norm Walsh's examples. And both DocBook XML > and DocBook XSL work wonderful with each other. > > But reality looks different. You don't have that > superb DocBook XML document at first. What you have > instead is e.g. a MS Word document which you first > need to transform into a DocBook XML document. > > And this is a challenging task. I tried OpenOffice > 2.0.3 Writer (OOo) as my front end which allow MS Word > documents to be exported into DocBook XML. The result > however is very poor. Extracting graphics was a > problem. But a far bigger problem with OOo (and I > didn't solve that one yet) is that it uses only 10% of > the DocBook XML elements. Everything goes into <para> > and hence I can't use all the DocBook XSL goodies. > > Does anyone else has made the same experience? How do > you get around with it? Is there another way to fill > the gap between MS Word and DocBook XML instead of > using OOo. > > Of course only a non-commercial solution is acceptable > :) Abiword can read MS Word documents and has a docbook export filter - you can read in the release notes of the newest version (v2.4.5), that this filter has completetly been rewritten (http://www.abiword.com/release-notes/2.4.5.phtml): The changes from v2.4.4 to v2.4.5 include, amongst others: * Almost completely rewrote the DocBook export filter, gaining substantial more functionality in the process I have given it a try on debian sid (this filter is in the abiword-plugins package): # apt-get install abiword abiword-plugins When choosing "Save As" I get a chance to save my document as DocBook. - I can't comment on the quality of the export output though (especially in comparison to Oo.o), haven't used it for further processing yet. Hope this helps. -Andreas > > Regards, > Darya > > > > > > > > ___________________________________________________________ > Der frühe Vogel fängt den Wurm. Hier gelangen Sie zum neuen Yahoo! Mail: http://mail.yahoo.de > > --------------------------------------------------------------------- > To unsubscribe, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > For additional commands, e-mail: email@example.com > > > > !DSPAM:44ef3180184581336712104!