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Old 03-01-2007, 03:10 PM   #1
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How to extract Text from RTF files (or even DOC)

I regularly get files in very broken RTF format that I need to do a quick and dirty conversion to HTML. My current process is:

1) Open file in Open Office. Mark all, Copy to clipboard.
2) Open new, blank file in vi. Paste text into file.
3) Run sed script against file to do some quick and dirty formatting.

Step three runs great, I am quite happy with it. I would like to eliminate or simplify steps one and two.

Is there a way to extract all the text from a document from a command line that will work in a similar fashion to what I describe.


Old 03-01-2007, 05:33 PM   #2
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Have you taken a look at UnRTF or rtf2xml?
Old 03-01-2007, 07:36 PM   #3
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I agree with #2! You can use some tools!
Old 03-02-2007, 07:37 AM   #4
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I will try those, but I was kind of hoping for a more general function, perhaps something in sed that could simply strip the text from an rtf file.
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antiword, catdoc, wvware
Old 03-02-2007, 12:57 PM   #6
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Thanks! Those look very useful.


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