Python plain text converter?

Jp Calderone exarkun at
Fri Feb 28 07:27:36 CET 2003

On Fri, Feb 28, 2003 at 12:41:27AM -0500, dromedary wrote:
> Does anyone know if Python can strip the nasty formatting codes from
> documents in, say, Word or QPS? I'd like to write a small batch
> processor that will grab a bunch of files and covert them to text only
> format for manipulation using regular expressions. Unfortunately I
> can't figure out how to get rid of the nasty codes (e.g., ?). Any
> assistance appreciated.

  "Python" can't, but you can probably use win32com to get Word to do it for
you.  Assuming you're on Windows, anyway.


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