Sounds cool!!  Get to work!  LOL!

Well, as soon as I get some idea what the hell I will be doing I will
start it, and I will keep you guys informed on it if you like.  For DL's
app, it would be the opposite, but same method, but backwards, right?

-----Original Message-----
From: DL Neil [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 1:33 PM
To: Shrock, Court; 'Todd Williamsen'
Subject: Re: [PHP-DB] Re: Searching Documents

Court, Todd, et al

> Actually, PHP does COM very well....search the PHP-WIN list about
"COM" and
> "Word" and you should find some good hints and examples to get going.
> haven't accessed the keywords portion of a word document yet, but
> wrote a spellcheck function that used the spellcheck built into Word
> PHP COM.  There is also a really helpful article at phpbuilder.com
that gets
> you started with COM.  If you have trouble finding them, I could
> some messages to you from that list.

> -----Original Message-----
> I was thinking COM/DCOM, but then does PHP able to do that?  Or do I
> need to resort to ASP(Awful Scripting Pages)?

Thanks for that comment Court. I have seen the entries in the PHP manual
- and possibly one or two of those
articles (but not yet studied them - so many PHP info sources/ideas but
so little time!).

The spell-check exploit caught my eye - a good way to make use of a
well-established (and if you use if
frequently - a well invested) tool.

Unlike Todd's application (getting data out of Word) I was thinking of
going the 'other way' (yes there's always
one!). HTML/browsers are good for showing information on the screen -
whether a data-entry type of form, or a
web page or descriptive/narrative information (eg a PHPbuilder article).
However when you want to print the data
out, browsers are pretty basic!

So I was wondering about extending the idea of constructing web
documents from a db/on the fly for display in a
browser, to going the next step and reproducing the same doc in (say)
Word (using its
presentation/printing/formatting features), so that the doc can be
presented with natty facilities, eg
page/chapter headings/footings, page numbers, chapters and table of
contents, cover page(s), indexes/indices,
etc - 'camera ready'!

Anyone seen it done?

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