Created attachment 61591 [details]
Illustration of problem with converting richtext to plaintext. Possible Solution
Is there a way to convert a document with rich text (.doc, .odx, .rtf) to plain text (.txt) AND keep the original paragraph alignment?
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It doesn't have to be perfect. Keeping only the alignment of the paragraphs first line by means of spaces or tabs would be ok. Preferably, however, there would be a way to tell the script the anticipated dimensions of where the softline breaks fall in the text (ie 1" margins for a 8.5x11 paper, the program would calculate where to throw the hard line breaks, which would be at 7.5 inches.) The bad thing, though, is if the user changes the font size or font, this will throw off the formatting. So, it might be best to stick with only inserting spaces for the first line relative to the indentation in the rich text document.]
If using spaces/tabs to preserve some part of the rich text layout, would there be a method to distinguish between the tabs/spaces which are part of the original document and those which are merely used to preserve the original alignment?
For example, assume a rich text document has indentations created NOT using spaces or tabs, but only the indentation settings on the ruler. It would convert to this:
Line one with no indent. And some text that wraps: "sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit..."
Line 2 with .5" indent. And some text that wraps: "sed ut perspiciatis unde
omnis iste natus error sit..."
Line 3 with 1" indent. And some text that wraps: "sed ut perspiciatis
unde omnis iste natus error sit..."
As alluded to above, one possible solution would be to write a script that identifies the indentation of each line (ie .5", 1", 1.5"...) and places the correct number of spaces to fill that length.
Hello Matthew, *,
I am not sure, if I understand you right, but opening your attachment in Writer, using "Save as..." to convert it to txt and reopening the txt file in kate 3.8.4 (from KDE 4.8.4) under Debian Testing AMD64, the look of the txt seems nearly identical in both editors.
Would you be so kind to test it with a newer version of LO than 3.5.3, please? Which OS/architecture and which viewer/editor are you using for the text file? I have used LO Version: 188.8.131.52 Build ID: 1b3956717a60d6ac35b133d7b0a0f5eb55e9155 under Debian Testing AMD64 and kate 3.5.3, as written before ... ;) If you have done the conversion in a different way, it would be nice, if you can give us a clearer step-by-step description ... ;)
But as cited on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plain_text#Plain_text.2C_the_Unicode_definition:
«Plain text represents character content only, not its appearance. »
«If the same plain text sequence is given to disparate rendering processes, there is no expectation that rendered text in each instance should have the same appearance. »
, I am not really sure, if our developers could do anything about it ... :(
Sorry for the inconvenience
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(In reply to Matthew B from comment #0)
> Is there a way to convert a document with rich text (.doc, .odx, .rtf) to
> plain text (.txt) AND keep the original paragraph alignment?
> For example, assume a rich text document has indentations created NOT using
> spaces or tabs, but only the indentation settings on the ruler. It would
> convert to this:
> Line one with no indent. And some text that wraps: "sed ut perspiciatis unde
> omnis iste natus error sit..."
> Line 2 with .5" indent. And some text that wraps: "sed ut perspiciatis
> omnis iste natus error sit..."
> Line 3 with 1" indent. And some text that wraps: "sed ut
> unde omnis iste natus error sit..."
> As alluded to above, one possible solution would be to write a script that
> identifies the indentation of each line (ie .5", 1", 1.5"...) and places the
> correct number of spaces to fill that length.
Seems like one plausible approach to providing plaintext output that retains higher-fidelity to the original document than what the filter currently provides.
Status -> NEW