Retrieving Text from an ODT File

ODT files are an archive of XML files that describe and contain the content for a text document in the OpenDocument format. As I wrote earlier, you can use ColdFusion 8 and the CFZip tag to browse the contents of these files. Extracting the actual content of an ODT file, however, is more useful than simply looking.

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Browsing an ODT File with CFZip

I use OpenOffice.org for my home office suite. The only Microsoft Office product that is on one of my systems is Access 2000, and only because I use it for a personal-use application I have not gotten around to upgrading.

OpenOffice.org uses the OpenDocument Format specification as its internal file format. ODF is an XML-based file format, so an OpenOffice.org document is a collection of XML files stored in a ZIP archive. What a perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the CFZip tag in ColdFusion 8!

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