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Stepan Yakovenko
An Informal Introduction to DOCX

With approximately one billion people using Microsoft Office, the DOCX format is the most popular de facto standard for exchanging document files between offices.

While DOCX is a complex format, you may want to parse it manually for simpler tasks such as indexing, converting to TXT and making other small modifications. I’d like to give you enough information on DOCX internals so you don’t have to reference the ECMA specifications, a massive 5,000 page manual.

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