[Zope] Using Zope for Document Collaboration

Mark Langkau mark.langkau@pbmplus.com
Thu, 24 May 2001 13:47:35 -0500

Thanks Rich!

I think there will be two parts to this:

- Pulling text out of MS-Word  into Zope, and later back into Word
- Allowing multiple editors/authors to work on that extracted text in Zope,
perhaps simultaneoulsy

I started looking at wvWare yesterday for the conversions. It compiles and
works, but I haven't had much time to play with it yet. I was wondering about
XML too.

I just started working with Wiki's today, so I haven't read all of the docs
yet. Do I need to use structured text in a wiki page, or can I paste text with
html tags in there too? If so, I wouldn't have to convert to stx and could save
a step.

I started looking at structured text after watching "The Zope Book" come
together over several months, and I'd like to incorporate that model into our
own documentation process. So, I'm not looking to "avoid" using stx - we will
be using it in other areas.

I suspect that parts of this have been done by "someone" before ;-) If not,
maybe this will be a good excuse for me to learn about making Zope products.


Rich Pinder wrote:

> Great application.
> I'm also very interested in whichever products can do the parsing of the
> word file.
> I think i saw one (dont recall it now) on the zope announcements in the last
> day or so that converted the .doc into an .html document.
> but putting it back into word... havent seen that.
> I'd like to be able to actually  'parse' the header info of the word
> document - there is bunches of info a user can put in a document (or gets
> there automatically)  - user name/ date/ keywords/ title/  etc.... and what
> i'd love to see is a way to not only convert it to html, but also into
> either the zope database or maybe into an XML document for saving.
> i'll keep my eyes and ears peeled
> thanks
> rich pinder
> usc school of medicine
> Mark Langkau wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Forgive me if this isn't the correct list for this question. I need some
> > design help - and suggestions of tools to use would be great. I'll take
> > further discussions of "design" issues off line, and stick to specific
> > Zope/tool questions here.
> >
> > Quick Summary:
> >
> > I need to take an incoming MS-Word file and break it up into sections,
> > and post them on our Zope intranet for various employees to edit and
> > contribute to. When completed, the sections need to be rolled back up
> > into a single file that can be converted back to MS-Word. Users will not
> > have access to the Zope Management Interface.
> >