Re: [xsl] XML document to WORD??

Subject: Re: [xsl] XML document to WORD??
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 23:37:16 -0400
It is surprisingly possible to reverse engineer Word's HTML/CSS export/import and derive a target for an XSLT transform. If done carefully enough, one can even get some styles in Word (which are wonderfully useful).

It's a finicky job though, and pushes the edges when you get to things like headers and footers (though much is possible in theory). Yet dreadfully satisfying to "tame" Word. Don't expect to get the XML back though without help.

I also like Joerg's other ideas.


At 08:00 PM 10/14/2002, Joerg wrote:
Two more possibilities:

- using MS Word XML format - I don't know anything about it, but it exists. In the future there will be XDocs (

- using an XML framework like Cocoon (, serialize the output to RTF and open this with Word. So you don't need any additional Java coding, only XSLT.

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