Composing Office documents without Office

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Pandoc almost achieves the impossible. It creates simple text files from Office documents. The formatting for the text files is borrowed from Markup languages. Pandoc can also reverse the process and convert text files into properly formatted documents for Office text-processing programs. This simpler way of working and the cleanly structured documents make up for the fact that formatting sometimes gets lost during the transformation.

The creation of Office documents in ODT and DOCX format represents only a portion of Pandoc's capabilities. The actual strength of the program lies in generating HTML, TeX, LaTeX, and PDF files. And, although the corresponding markup languages' complexity requires intensive study of the language elements, at least the editing follows the rules presented here.

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