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How about being able to convert topics to RTF or MSWord format? It would be nice to be able to do collaborative editing in TWiki, and then generate printed documents from that.

-- KristopherJohnson - 02 Apr 2001

You can import HTML into Word 97 or later and save as .doc format. I hear the next release of Office will do an even better job of it too. (Get the TWiki web in "book" format, save and then import it.) Currently it does a really lousy job of "round-tripping" or converting from doc to html to doc...

-- DavidLeBlanc - 03 Apr 2001

If my memory serves me, Powerpoint 2000 can save its entire presentation as a set of XML and HTML files such that you can reconstruct the powerpoint presentation from the XML files and it will keep the HTML up to date.

What particularly interests me though is being able to embed a powerpoint slide into a TWiki topic so that people can generate TWiki topics that contain one slide. That way, a presentation can be constructed from a set of topics and any one slide can be used multiple times.

-- MartinCleaver - 03 Apr 2001

I guess something I'd like to see would be a "printable format" output option. Without the TWiki headers and footers, and even without the link underlines. This can probably be done pretty easily by creating a new template. Authors would probably want to keep WikiWords out of documents that they plan to produce this way.

One minute later: Well, duh, I just noticed that this page has a Print button at the bottom that almost does what I want. My December 2000 TWiki installation doesn't have that. But I'd still like a "skin" with different headers and footers, and some way to print a nice title at the top.

-- KristopherJohnson - 05 Apr 2001

I'm coming to the conclusion that RTF -> WikiMarkup would be a great addition to TWiki. I wonder whether any of the other Wiki Implementations have it.

-- MartinCleaver - 01 May 2001

I tried to look at a lot of wikis back in the October, 2000 to January , 2001 time frame. Although I was not looking for an RTF -> WikiMarkup feature, I don't recall seeing one.

-- RandyKramer - 02 May 2001

Just a quick note on the reference to a printable format (from KristopherJohnson). Before skins, we wrote our own "printable" command. See PrintablePage.

-- RichardBennett - 02 May 2001

Moved MikeBarton's idea of a prototype to edit/review/collaborate on a documents in TWiki to TWikiForBookAuthoring.

-- PeterThoeny - 03 May 2001

wv allows other programs access to Word documents for the purpose of converting them to other formats. Platform independent I think.

-- DavidLeBlanc - 03 May 2001

I'd also like automatic conversion of MS Word bullet points into a TWiki bullet point so you can paste text from a word doc. Here is such a bullet point:

-- MartinCleaver - 09 May 2001

Anyone implemented or thought about implementing a plugin that allowed you to insert a Powerpoint slide just like you insert a TWikiDraw object? You know, %POWERPOINT{}%, double click, walla! you are in PPT, click outside and it turns it into a GIF. Handy.

-- MartinCleaver - 02 Jul 2001

Anyone had further thoughts on this? I hear that Google:mydms provides a conversion from ppt to html feature (see http://www.hotscripts.com/Detailed/16277.html)

-- MartinCleaver - 06 May 2003

I've attached an XSLT stylesheet that transforms WV's XML output into TWiki's WikiText. It's a pretty crude process but it beats trying to fix up MS Word's completely spastic HTML output.

  • wvWiki.xsl: stylesheet to go from WV xml output to wikitext

From the comment:

To use this you need to first run WV to convert doc to xml and then run the xml through an XSLT transformer using this stylesheet to generate WikiText. For example (on a Debian unstable machine):

$ wvWare -x /usr/share/wv/wvXml.xml foo.doc > foo.xml
$ xsltproc wvWiki.xsl foo.xml > foo.txt

This sheet is pretty crude, and it will err on the side of stripping unrecognized formatting (I find it's easier to add formatting back in than to cut it out by hand). If you're converting a lot of docs then you probably want to add your custom Word styles to this sheet.

Also, WV seems to have some bugs that can cause it to generate badly-formed XML in some cases. The ones I've seen include botched encoding declarations for docs that have european characters in them. Hacking the encoding to encoding="ISO-8859-1" worked around the problem for me, but if anyone knows the correct encoding I'd appreciate them letting me know. WV does a good job with embedded images but adds some malformed XML (unmatched img element, IIRC) so you need to fix those up by hand.

-- TobyCabot - 25 Jul 2003

Nice one Toby. What does everyone think the overall process should be? i.e. where should the functionality be integrated? Is it simply on the attachment upload? Can we us it elsewhere as well?

-- MartinCleaver - 28 Jul 2003

Added ExcelExportTwikiTableAddOn to top.

-- MattWilkie - 11 Aug 2003

Added MsOfficeAttachmentsAsHTMLPlugin and ExportWordToTWikiUsingVbaMacro to top

-- JosMaccabiani - 09 Jul 2005

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