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From "David Cole (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (TIKA-1178) Improve docx multiple section handling - headers and footers
Date Fri, 04 Oct 2013 06:22:41 GMT
David Cole created TIKA-1178:
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             Summary: Improve docx multiple section handling - headers and footers
                 Key: TIKA-1178
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TIKA-1178
             Project: Tika
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: parser
            Reporter: David Cole
            Priority: Minor


Currently docx to plain text is only accurate for single page files. First off, the sectPr
tag right above the closing body tag is not the overall document property; it is the section
property of the last section(if there is only one, then yes it is the overall document property
per say). right now if I had a large docx file (let's say a book which i broke each chapter
into it's own section) then i would get the last chapter's header as the beginning document's
header.

Addressing sectPr tags inside paragraphs:
why are we wrapping the paragraph with the header and footer?
we should be buffering up pages as we read the docx file, until we hit a section property
where we decide how to wrap what we just consumed. I realize that it is difficult to determine
page breaks when it is caused by overflow (not explicit page breaks). 

The time for completion is really dependent on how much improvement we want to add in this
area.

Just for reference, my assumptions on open office xml structure interpretation come from the
documentation on this site: http://www.ecma-international.org/publications/standards/Ecma-376.htm





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