[Baypiggies] Python and MS Word docs; Argghhhhhhhhh......

Glen Jarvis glen at glenjarvis.com
Wed Feb 3 08:32:10 CET 2010

Thank you everyone for such great suggestions. I actually found a  
human-based work around for this evening. After some discussion with  
the user, I finally realized why MS Word was so important and was able  
to give a work-around with notepad and TextEdit.

I might still need to implement this word -> text pipeline, but not  
tonight. Thank you again for all of your suggestions... I'm headed  
home..... And it's not even the last BART :) (by 15 min)...


On Feb 2, 2010, at 11:08 PM, Mark Voorhies <mvoorhie at yahoo.com> wrote:

> On Tuesday 02 February 2010 08:43:02 pm Aahz wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 02, 2010, Glen Jarvis wrote:
>>> One of the things that has been requested of us to take an MS word
>>> file that has been used to enter plain text. The file should be
>>> uploaded via webpage (done). The file should strip out all of the MS
>>> Word formatting so that we process only the text (And why not just
>>> upload a plain text file again? hmm? This is what is *really*  
>>> wanted).
>> What I'd recommend is installing antiword and calling it from Python.
> catdoc is another command-line program in a similar vein.
> Both catdoc and antiword are apt-getable from the Debian and Ubuntu
> repositories.
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