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How to read Microsoft doc file without reading extra bytes added by Microsoft.

Kranti Datrange
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Joined: Aug 21, 2004
Posts: 3
Hi,
i want to read file contents from .doc file. i want to read the file byte by byte for searching word. Microsoft adds some extra bytes when a new doc file is created, i dont want to read those extra byts. Currently I am reading the file using FileInputSream. I have tried using FileReader as well. but it doesn't work. I dont want to use POI API because i need to read .txt and .rtf files as well. does anybody knows how to avoid reading those extra bytes.
Jessica Sant
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Joined: Oct 17, 2001
Posts: 4313

moving this to Advanced Java. Please post replies there.
Lasse Koskela
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Joined: Jan 23, 2002
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Why don't you just use a different implementation of "com.foo.bar.FileContentReader" based on what kind of a file the user selects? The easiest way to do this would be to match the filename suffix (".doc", ".txt", etc.), or you could read the first N bytes and figure out whether that matches the Word file format (if it does, then continue reading from the beginning with "com.foo.bar.WordFileContentReader", if it doesn't, continue with "com.foo.bar.TextFileContentReader").


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Ashish Vegaraju
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Joined: Aug 19, 2004
Posts: 47
Hi,

i m sorry if i m late in giving the reply....well Apache's POI project is the best if u want to read MS Word files.

what exactly u want to do.....only want to read files or u r doing the convertion into other formats too..if this is the problem then "CambridgeDoc's Java Doc Library"is quite useful....check'em out....

any questions regarding format convertions.......feel free to ask.
good luck.
Kranti Datrange
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Joined: Aug 21, 2004
Posts: 3
Hi,
Thank you for ur suggestion. i just want to read the files and check whether the word entered is present in that file or not. i'll try this one.
Thanks once again.
 
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