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From Andy Richards <>
Subject Re: [OT] RE: microsoft .doc struts
Date Tue, 18 Feb 2003 15:53:12 GMT
Hi hue,

sounds great, i understand that you replace dynamic data into the
template where where ever you have a [oTb*.field]. but what is (MS) reg
ex,,,? some kind of regular expression api? if so i will have to do some
more research as i am yet to understand regular expressions, and how to
use them. (there is a jakarta api i think though). Also does this method
work with images?, if so i think this is the route i will have to take.



On Tue, 2003-02-18 at 15:36, Hue Holleran wrote:
> Hi Andy,
> I've looked through the thread and can't see specifically what you're trying
> to do but we had exactly the same problem and was solved using RTF, thus:
> (this was for submission of documents to a UK government body that needed to
> be in MS Word .DOC format - they were able to open these documents with no
> problem in Word: edit, print, save etc.).
> We used RTF for the document - generated manually in MS Word and exported to
> a .RTF - and used placeholders to hold active data that was to be inserted
> into the template of format "[oTbl.Field]" (allowable in RTF - and replaced
> these using (MS) reg ex of format "\[\S[^\[]*\]").
> This then gave us an RTF format document which was then saved with the
> extension .DOC - which MS Word opens with no problem at all. This was in
> fact sent to the browser by adding a header "content-disposition" of type
> "attachment; filename=""WORD.DOC""" and also specifying the "ContentType" of
> "application/rtf". Saving this document saves the document in "Word" .DOC
> although it is really an RTF.
> Not sure it's what you're after but after battling trying to open MS Word on
> the server - which needs administrator privileges for the user running the
> web app (scary) or using vbscript/javascript in the browser (requires the
> site to be added to IE "Trusted Sites") - not ideal.
> The solution outlined, using RTF is not dependent on the browser used and
> the above solution is being used to generate around 200-300 (probably more)
> "MS Word" .DOC files a week which are emailed directly to the UK government
> body.
> Let me know if this is an option for you - and if you need any more info but
> BTW the above was implemented in MS ASP so I can only send you some
> ASP/VBScript code if that will help.
> H.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Richards []
> Sent: 18 February 2003 14:12
> To:
> Subject: microsoft .doc struts
> Hi,
> I have read with interest from the struts archives where a user posted
> the following question to do with producing microsoft .doc files for
> clients. See:
> Peter S. Hamlen: posted a follow up talking about using office 2000
> html, see:
> What i cant understand and i am hoping that someone will be able to help
> me, is that once you have parsed the .html template ie with velocity,
> then how do you convert the html back to a .doc file. I could provide
> for download the html pages, but the images i want to include would be
> seperate from the html file. I am trying to think of a tidier way?
> looking down the thread .rtf format is not the easiest, and POI is in a
> early release. Anyone know what i can do? or have any suggestions?
> dont worry i made my point about cross platform and proprietory .doc,
> doc is what the client wants, and therefor .doc is what i am having to
> try and give.
> Regards
> Andy
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