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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I've used antiword [] in the past for reading MS Word docs, but I don't know how well it reads tables. You might want to give it a try.

    • Awesome!!! This is entirely feasible! Thank you!

      The tables come out into elements called <informaltable>. I can parse that XML, extract those, and convert them. In fact it looks like this is better than going to Excel because going to Excel provides several "phantom" blank cells which I have to ignore in my current program.

      I'm not sure if I'm going to have to do this specific file again, but there's a good chance I might, and if I do I will attempt to program this process. If I don't for this file, I know I will again for another. So at some point there may be a table extractor utility available for everyone to use.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers