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Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] Path from DocBook to MS Word


XMLMind has an FO to RTF converter that's not bad. You would generate FO
output from DocBook just as when making a PDF. Thus, instead of:

	XML => FO => PDF

you would use:

	XML => FO => RTF

This would allow you to use all the many DocBook-XSL parameters to tweak
the FO output to taste before XMLMind's module got hold of it. Just go
through the steps to get a good-looking PDF out of your DocBook XML, and
then XMLMind's module should give you an equally good-looking Word

I used the free version for a non-DocBook XML project a while back, and
it does a good job, with reasonable defaults. There's a personal
version, free for personal use, and a professional version for

See http://www.xmlmind.com/foconverter/

Good luck!

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Desjardins [mailto:pdesjardins@supplyscape.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 5:39 PM
To: docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [docbook-apps] Path from DocBook to MS Word

I need to publish DocBook source in MS Word format.  The Word documents
need to be reasonably well formatted and suitable for release.  My
experiments with the wordml stylesheet and the fo2wordml tool result in
"unspecified errors" when I try to open them in Word 2003 Professional.
I'm not sure what Word is complaining about (unspecified) but my
suspicion is that my large DocBook document uses elements that are not
supported by the wordml stylesheet or the fo2wordml tool.

Is anyone using a reliable solution for publishing DocBook content as an
MS Word document?  If I know a solution is out there I'll be happier
about going through all this experimentation.

My next attempt will be the DocBook > HTML > Word technique described in
this message:

I'm using docbook-xsl-1.71.1 with Saxon on Windows XP. 


Peter Desjardins
SupplyScape Corporation
+1 781 503 7441

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