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Date:      Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:16:11 +0200
From:      Christian Barthel <>
To:        Anton Shterenlikht <>
Subject:   Re: extracting text from docx files
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On Tue, Aug 09, 2011 at 02:36:32PM +0100, Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
> I often receive information in *.docx format
> from my MS using colleagues. Sometimes I can
> ask for a pdf (or similar) instead, but not always.

You have a lot of nice options: 
- Force them to use BSD/Linux ;)
- explain them, why docx is shit!
- don't read it

> Usually I unzip a docx and then search
> through all *xml  files to find the
> useful data. However, I can't find any
> xml styles to use, so I have to convert
> the relevant xml file(s) to plain text
> by hand. I wonder if anybody can suggest
> a better way. Perhaps there's something
> in ports that can help.

But if you really, really need to read docx, you can try the web
application from Microsoft. A few months ago, I got also a lot of docx
and I opend it with the microsoft web app; this worked for me to extract
the information...

More information:

The downside:  you have to sign up on a microsoft service :( 


Christian Barthel 

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