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  1. Is it possible to read .docx files?

    Someone sent me a .docx file. I guess it's some sort of non-standard
    non-open word processor file called OpenXML

    Is it possible to read it in Mandriva 2008?

    I don't want to damage my system, so I went to the package manager
    first. It doesn't seem to have anything for OpenXML or docx (I have
    repositories set up by the instructions on the easyurpmi website).

    http://www.oooninja.com/2008/01/conv...nux-using.html
    has a link to an odf-converter-1.1-7.i586.rpm, but it won't install.
    Complains about a missing file, but I checked and I have it (From
    memory, it's libgif.so.4, and it's in /usr/lib).

    There seems to be a filter for OpenXML at
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter/
    which I downloaded the source for; 43MB later I find it needs .net so I
    guess it's a Windows application.

    Is there a safe/recommended way to install a converter in Mandriva 2008?

    Frank


  2. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    On 4 Mar, 11:06, Frank Peelo wrote:
    > Someone sent me a .docx file. I guess it's some sort of non-standard
    > non-open word processor file called OpenXML
    >
    > Is it possible to read it in Mandriva 2008?


    Googling on "docx files", the second entry was entitled "How do I open
    docx files ?" which explains that these are files produced by MSOffice
    2007.

    The project at http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter/ says it
    is for "32-bit MS Windows (NT/2000/XP), 64-bit MS Windows". This will
    allow older versions of Office to read the new format.

    The bug list at openoffice.org has this: http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=60586
    which says at the end:

    "This will be implemented for OO 3.0. See also issue 75573; the CWS
    name is
    "xmlfilter03". Will be available in one of the first DEV300 builds
    following the
    OO 2.4 builds."

    So you may need to wait for v3.0 of openoffice for this.

  3. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    On Tue, 04 Mar 2008 11:06:53 +0000, Frank Peelo wrote:

    > Someone sent me a .docx file. I guess it's some sort of non-standard
    > non-open word processor file called OpenXML
    >
    > Is it possible to read it in Mandriva 2008?
    >
    > I don't want to damage my system, so I went to the package manager
    > first. It doesn't seem to have anything for OpenXML or docx (I have
    > repositories set up by the instructions on the easyurpmi website).
    >
    > http://www.oooninja.com/2008/01/conv...-etc-in-linux-

    using.html
    > has a link to an odf-converter-1.1-7.i586.rpm, but it won't install.
    > Complains about a missing file, but I checked and I have it (From
    > memory, it's libgif.so.4, and it's in /usr/lib).
    >
    > There seems to be a filter for OpenXML at
    > http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter/ which I downloaded the
    > source for; 43MB later I find it needs .net so I guess it's a Windows
    > application.
    >
    > Is there a safe/recommended way to install a converter in Mandriva 2008?
    >
    > Frank


    Why not ask them to resend the file to you as a plain text file.

    I don't like that second rate m'soft so-called word processor.

    --
    Neil
    reverse ra and delete l
    Linux user 335851

  4. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    > Why not ask them to resend the file to you as a plain text file.
    >
    > I don't like that second rate m'soft so-called word processor.

    ================================
    Had the same problem with .docx files ,so the sender resent the files by
    converting the files to .doc using MS Office 2007
    It is about time that all word processors create and process the same
    international open source format............although I am not holding my
    breath....as yet.

    Frank in northern Scotland

  5. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    keith@bytebrothers.co.uk wrote:
    > On 4 Mar, 11:06, Frank Peelo wrote:
    >
    >>Someone sent me a .docx file. I guess it's some sort of non-standard
    >>non-open word processor file called OpenXML
    >>
    >>Is it possible to read it in Mandriva 2008?

    >
    >
    > Googling on "docx files", the second entry was entitled "How do I open
    > docx files ?" which explains that these are files produced by MSOffice
    > 2007.


    so I guess it's some sort of non-open word processor file. I also found
    that it's called OpenXML.

    > The project at http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter/ says it
    > is for "32-bit MS Windows (NT/2000/XP), 64-bit MS Windows". This will
    > allow older versions of Office to read the new format.


    You're right. After the oooninja site, and others like it, I got the
    blinkers on, thinking that the OOo converter was the only free one. So I
    never even read the "Windows Only" warning after searching Sourceforge.
    Could have saved myself a big download!

    > The bug list at openoffice.org has this: http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=60586
    > which says at the end:
    >
    > "This will be implemented for OO 3.0. See also issue 75573; the CWS
    > name is
    > "xmlfilter03". Will be available in one of the first DEV300 builds
    > following the
    > OO 2.4 builds."
    >
    > So you may need to wait for v3.0 of openoffice for this.


    Oh well. Will just have to see if the original author of the document
    can be hunted down. But that's not a Mandriva problem.

    Thanks anyhow

    Frank

  6. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    Neil Ellwood writes:

    >On Tue, 04 Mar 2008 11:06:53 +0000, Frank Peelo wrote:


    >> Someone sent me a .docx file. I guess it's some sort of non-standard
    >> non-open word processor file called OpenXML
    >>
    >> Is it possible to read it in Mandriva 2008?
    >>
    >> I don't want to damage my system, so I went to the package manager
    >> first. It doesn't seem to have anything for OpenXML or docx (I have
    >> repositories set up by the instructions on the easyurpmi website).
    >>
    >> http://www.oooninja.com/2008/01/conv...-etc-in-linux-

    >using.html
    >> has a link to an odf-converter-1.1-7.i586.rpm, but it won't install.
    >> Complains about a missing file, but I checked and I have it (From
    >> memory, it's libgif.so.4, and it's in /usr/lib).
    >>
    >> There seems to be a filter for OpenXML at
    >> http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter/ which I downloaded the
    >> source for; 43MB later I find it needs .net so I guess it's a Windows
    >> application.
    >>
    >> Is there a safe/recommended way to install a converter in Mandriva 2008?
    >>
    >> Frank


    >Why not ask them to resend the file to you as a plain text file.


    Or at least a regular .doc file. Their file will be readable by nothing
    else anyway.



    >I don't like that second rate m'soft so-called word processor.


    If you have to communicate with others, your own likes and dislikes are not
    always relevant.


    >--
    >Neil
    >reverse ra and delete l
    >Linux user 335851


  7. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    Unruh wrote:
    > Neil Ellwood writes:
    >
    >
    >>On Tue, 04 Mar 2008 11:06:53 +0000, Frank Peelo wrote:

    >
    >
    >>>Someone sent me a .docx file. I guess it's some sort of non-standard
    >>>non-open word processor file called OpenXML


    (and I still think that's probably the case, thanks Keith. But, as I
    can't open it, it could be a spreadsheet giving the dimensions of a
    chimpanzee's backside. Unlikely. But how would I know?)

    >>>Is it possible to read it in Mandriva 2008?


    ....

    >>Why not ask them to resend the file to you as a plain text file.

    >
    >
    > Or at least a regular .doc file. Their file will be readable by nothing
    > else anyway.


    In fact, I did that. But I haven't got a reply.

    >>I don't like that second rate m'soft so-called word processor.

    >
    >
    > If you have to communicate with others, your own likes and dislikes are not
    > always relevant.


    My problem exactly.

    Frank

  8. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    Frank Peelo wrote:

    > Unruh wrote:
    >> Neil Ellwood writes:
    >>
    >>
    >>>On Tue, 04 Mar 2008 11:06:53 +0000, Frank Peelo wrote:

    >>
    >>
    >>>>Someone sent me a .docx file. I guess it's some sort of non-standard
    >>>>non-open word processor file called OpenXML

    >
    > (and I still think that's probably the case, thanks Keith. But, as I
    > can't open it, it could be a spreadsheet giving the dimensions of a
    > chimpanzee's backside. Unlikely. But how would I know?)


    This would seem to solve the mystery of what it is.

    http://www.docx-converter.com/


    --
    Blinky
    Killing all posts from Google Groups
    The Usenet Improvement Project: http://improve-usenet.org
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  9. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    On 5 Mar, 10:56, Blinky the Shark wrote:



    > Killing all posts from Google Groups
    > The Usenet Improvement Project:http://improve-usenet.org
    > Blinky:http://blinkynet.net


    That's a bit harsh. When I'm at work I have no nntp access
    (firewalled off), and therefore am stuck with Google Groups. Not
    _everyone_ that uses it is a total loon...



  10. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    Frank Peelo wrote:
    > Someone sent me a .docx file. I guess it's some sort of non-standard
    > non-open word processor file called OpenXML
    >
    > Is it possible to read it in Mandriva 2008?


    I had the same problem yesterday - the instructions here worked just fine:
    http://www.oooninja.com/2008/01/conv...nux-using.html

    Dr Pangloss


  11. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    Highland Ham wrote:

    >> Why not ask them to resend the file to you as a plain text file.
    >>
    >> I don't like that second rate m'soft so-called word processor.

    > ================================
    > Had the same problem with .docx files ,so the sender resent the files by
    > converting the files to .doc using MS Office 2007
    > It is about time that all word processors create and process the same
    > international open source format............although I am not holding my
    > breath....as yet.
    >
    > Frank in northern Scotland


    Is this the format that Microsoft wants to make an ISO standard? From the
    discussion, it sounds as though it is a normal Word 2007 file, which are
    very different from .doc.

    On standardisation, I don't care what the standard is, so long as it isn't
    in private ownership. At the moment there is no "international open source
    format", but Microsoft wants to own one. The nearest is RTF (which is a
    Microsoft thing anyway.) I use it when compatibility may be a problem.

    Doug.

  12. Re: Is it possible to read .docx files?

    Doug Laidlaw wrote:
    [snip...]
    > Is this the format that Microsoft wants to make an ISO standard?[snip...]


    > On standardisation, I don't care what the standard is, so long as it isn't
    > in private ownership. At the moment there is no "international open source
    > format", but Microsoft wants to own one...


    There _is_ an ISO standard -- "OpenDoc", which was approved by
    the ISO in May 1, 2006, and which cna be generated and read by a
    large number of applications, including OpenOffice.org, KOffice,
    AbiWord, and Lotus. The standard was submitted by OASIS, the
    "Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards".

    Microsoft was invited repeatedly but refused to participate in the
    standards-writing process. They instead want to own that oxymoron,
    a "proprietary standard" that no one else can implement (because
    of the encumbrancing patents they claim to own), that is an
    incomprehensible mis-mash of unstructured hacking that is
    fully bug-compatible with all previous editions of Microsoft
    Office (and nothing else; leap-year bugs come to mind as the simplest
    example), and that is incompatible with a number of other international
    standards.

    For more info, google for "+OOXML" +BRM, or see



    -- Carlie J. Coats, Jr., Ph.D.

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