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Re: [vox] This is probably a dumb question (DocBook and MS-Wordstuff)
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Re: [vox] This is probably a dumb question (DocBook and MS-Wordstuff)

Actually, let me back up (I've found that too often the solution people
are looking for are not the best solution to the problem they're trying
to solve).

I'm in the MLIS program at San Jose State University, and just about
every professor wants papers and assignments turned in using MS-Word
format.  Sure, I could pull this off in OpenOffice.org, but since I've
always wanted to learn DocBook, I couldn't help wondering if there might
be a more interesting approach.  What specifically interests me is using
DocBook to render bibliographic references in standard APA format... and
then making that same standard format happen in MS-Word without having
to re-do things in Word itself...

On Fri, 2003-02-07 at 09:17, Micah J. Cowan wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 06, 2003 at 09:44:05PM -0800, Richard S. Crawford wrote:
> > Once you've written a document using DocBook, is it possible to export
> > that document to something that MS-Word can use while preserving the
> > formatting?
> Absolutely. For instance, you could use Norman Walsh's XSLT
> stylesheets to transform it into XSL-FO, and use Apache FOP to produce
> an RTF-format file from it.
> But, "Preserving the formatting" is a vague term, since DocBook *has*
> no formatting - it is content-based, not format-based, which means
> that it is the source document to some processing tool which will
> produce formatted output *from* it. In particular, you could not in
> general translate DocBook to RTF, edit it in MS Word, and then expect
> to produce DocBook from the edited RTF.
> -Micah
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