Tools to convert Word to XML?

Marcus Carr mrc at
Fri Sep 4 10:15:55 BST 1998

Michael Brennan wrote:

> Andrew Cogan wrote:
> > Can anyone recommend good tools that can convert Word files to XML? I
> > don't need tools that claim XML compatibility per se; any utility that
> > gives me control over what tag to insert at the beginning of a style and
> > at the end of a style would probably suffice. The ability to work with
> > Word footnotes is a big plus.
> Inso Corporation, I believe, has a tool to convert Word documents to
> SGML files. I know nothing of the tool, though. I've simply seen it
> mentioned on their web site.

I think that's DynaTag - used to get documents into DynaText quickly. I believe
it works OK, though I've never used it. My pick is Rick Geimer's beerware - it
can be found at I've tested it in the past
and found it to be very good. It leaves you with valid XML ripe for the
inevitable next stage of manipulation - trying to infer the nesting. It's a great
way out of RTF and into something valid. Rick kindly released this under the GNU
General Public License and only requests payment if you roll it into a paying
project, I think.


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