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XML to MSWord or RTF via XSL


Joined: Feb 03, 2000
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Has anyone out there ever taken an XML document and transformed it into MSWord format or RTF via XSL; and if so, how do you do it?
It seems XSLT is really good at transforming XML into html, txt or XML (and PDF); however, it doesn't seem all that easy for the above formats. Thanks!
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If you got answer to this question, then please reply back, how did you do that.
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Bob DuCharme's "XSLT Quickly" has chapter 6.5 "Non-XML output" devoted to XML -> RTF conversion. Essentially, it is one small example. You can download the code from (xq387.xsl and xq388.xml), but since I already downloaded it, I decided to post it here. Hope I wont be sued for CopyRight violation
<title author="bd" ver="1.0">My Article</title>
<p>First paragraph. 3 < 4.</p>
<p>Second paragraph. AT&T is a big company.</p>
<!-- xq387.xsl: converts xq388.xml into xq389.rtf (sample.rtf) -->
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl=""
<xsl:output method="text"/>
<xsl:template match="article">{\rtf1 <xsl:apply-templates/> }
<xsl:template match="title">
\par {\b <xsl:apply-templates/>}
<xsl:template match="p">
\par <xsl:apply-templates/>

For automatic conversion, XML software recommends two programs:
- I did not try them myself, though.

[This message has been edited by Mapraputa Is (edited August 13, 2001).]

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Joined: Aug 14, 2001
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Thank you very much, the example you posted is most informative. Now, it seems it is just a matter of mastering RTF. For those interested in RTF, there is a link:
Alas, the CitySlicker alias has been retired in favor of my new one. Thanks for pointing out my error!
I agree. Here's the link:
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