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Date:      Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:39:39 +0200
From:      Ruben de Groot <mail25@bzerk.org>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: extracting text from docx files
Message-ID:  <20110811113939.GA70354@ei.bzerk.org>
In-Reply-To: <20110811112222.GA90047@mech-cluster241.men.bris.ac.uk>
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There are several docx converters online (google docx2pdf). Haven't tried them
though. LibreOffice handles docx quite well.

On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:22:22PM +0100, Anton Shterenlikht typed:
> On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:14:51PM +0200, Polytropon wrote:
> > On Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:16:11 +0200, Christian Barthel wrote:
> > > 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
> > 
> > I also suggest to combine this with reading the following
> > article:
> > 
> > http://en.nothingisreal.com/wiki/Please_don't_send_me_Microsoft_Word_documents
> > 
> > It's very polite and precise about why using "DOC" files
> > is generally a bad idea. It can be easily concluded that
> > it also applies to "DOCX" files.
> > 
> > The document also discusses alternatives.
> 
> That's not my war. It's not going to achive
> much me telling all our admin and academic
> staff that what they were tought throughout
> their career might not be ideal, or even
> not the only, tool in the universe.
> Sometimes I can request pdf, sometimes I fail.
> 
> I also sometimes try to get pdf from various
> UK govt departments. Sometimes they only
> make documents available in MS formats.
> Again, sometimes they respond well, but
> mostly, they ignore my requests.
> 
> By the way, I tried abiword, and it couldn't
> open my docx.
> 
> -- 
> Anton Shterenlikht
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> Mech Eng Dept
> Bristol University
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