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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Easiest way to convert Word .doc or .rtf to DocBook?

I found LibreOffice technically very good. Unfortunately I found that this emphasised that many Word documents are poorly constructed. I was left with many empty <para> because authors had "felt they needed some vertical space"; a lot of <para> which had looked like something else (a section title perhaps) but had been formatted manually etc. etc.

So the docbook source was valid but needed a lot of manual editing.

I did the conversion manually but I understand that the command line interface will facilitate batch processing.

Nigel Hardy

On 2011-12-02 15:07, Donna Saporito wrote:


I have to convert a massive amount of Word documents over to DocBook for my company. I also have a few FrameMaker documents that will need to be converted. I figure that I can save the .fm files as .rtf and then .doc files and follow the conversion process I will use for Word (once I figure out what to use).


I am willing to purchase a tool such as WordPlay by Docsoft, Inc. or Upcast by InfinityLoop. I looked into MajiX, but I thought the installation instructions were rather confusing. (They may not be confusing to others, but the user doc said I’d have to run some command from Sun’s virtual machine, etc. ) I also looked into Yawc briefly, but it calls for attaching a new template in Microsoft Word. I am nervous to do this in case I corrupt any existing Word templates that I have.


If there is a simple, straight-forward way to convert Word to XML? I am willing to ask my company to purchase the best tool.


Any input will be appreciated. Thanks so much. - Donna


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