Word document accessing using python

Reedick, Andrew jr9445 at ATT.COM
Wed Feb 13 23:50:04 CET 2008

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> > import win32com.client
>  but, window32com.client is only functional in  windows

Correct.  Microsoft tries very hard to make sure that its applications
and their saved data are only readable/usable/automate-able using
MS-Office and MS-Windows (and preferably the current versions of each.)
If you can't create a quality product that people will willingly pay
money for, then use lock-in to squeeze money out of them.  =/

As suggested by castironpi, you could save the word docs in a neutral
format such as text or xml.  Another idea is to find a module or
commercial product that will read word files.  In theory, from what I've
heard, Open Office can read some (most?) word formats, and since OO has
a scriptable api (does it?), you could use OO to read the word doc and
use OO's api to get the relevant data.  You would need to test it out.


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