[XML-SIG] Working with RTF

Tony McDonald tony.mcdonald@ncl.ac.uk
Tue, 28 Mar 2000 13:40:35 +0100

At 1:24 pm +0200 28/3/00, Lars Marius Garshol wrote:
>* Tony McDonald
>| Can I use the SGML parsers to manipulate RTF?
>Why would you expect to be able to?  Microsoft Rich Text Format is not
>an SGML application, so no SGML parser can read it.  Some SGML
>scripting environments like OmniMark and Balise have additional
>features that allow this (effectively separate parsers), but this
>isn't part of their SGML parsers.

Ah, good point. I've used the Omnimark system and the rtf2xml 
Omnimark program a lot, and I suppose my mind  put 2 and 2 together 
and got something at right angles to reality.

I'm using Omnimark to do the initial rtf2xml and from there to 
another XML form, where Python takes over to put the data in an SQL 
database. Thing is, at a later stage, I want to *go back* to the 
original RTF and insert some Python generated content into certain 
places in the RTF itself.

I thought I'd be able to  use sgmlop or its cousins to locate those 
places easily and do the replacement (I could use Omnimark again, but 
my scripts are all Python after the initial Omnimark parses).

Dr Tony McDonald,  FMCC, Networked Learning Environments Project 
The Medical School, Newcastle University Tel: +44 191 222 5888
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