If it's being read by a machine, why on earth would they choose the
Microsoft Doc format as input? That's just crazy!
Perhaps a quick chat with the system designers asking them for a
specification of required input format, rather than just a sample, might
yield some useful answers and make your workload a lot simpler. I'd
guess that the machine removes the Word Doc format 'wrapper' to get at
the data underneath anyway - why not remove the encapsulation and
decapsultion (is that a word?) steps and just give them the data in a
sensible raw format - or possibly as SQL or some sane format?
Just a thought. Usual disclaimers apply.
Michele Neylon : Blacknight Solutions wrote:
> On Sun, 2004-10-10 at 20:38 +0100, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>>>On Sunday 10 October 2004 18:58, Proinnsias Breathnach wrote:
>>>>>>>If so - the easiest way is to write it up as a html file ... save with a
>>>.doc extension et voila ! - Your windows-using colleagues will be able
>>>to open it in word, and as long as your html is reasonably rendered, it
>>>should show up as a regular word table !
>>>>Thanks for the suggestion -
>>but actually I don't think this is going to a human being,
>>it's being read by a machine,
>>so I need go imitate the present form exactly.
>>> In that case you will need to get it into a .doc, so you would need to
> use something like Open Office
> comma delimited files are of no use to you, as word doesn't know what to
> do with them, so I would sincerely doubt that anything automated would
> want to know about them either
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