wv-0.7.6: description + notes

The original name of the project, mswordview, was uncomfortably close to Microsoft's own product named wordview, so the library was renamed.

wv is a library which allows access to Microsoft Word files. It can load and parse Word 2000, 97, 95 and 6 file formats. (These are the file formats known internally as Word 9, 8, 7 and 6.) There is some support for reading earlier formats as well: Word 2 docs are converted to plaintext.

wv allows other programs access to Word documents for the purpose of converting them to other formats. It is currently being used by AbiWord as its Word importer, and concepts and bits of code are being used by the KDE folks over at KWord in their word importer.

Provided with the wv distribution is an application called wvWare. wvWare is a "power-user" application with lots of command-line options, doo-dads, bells, and whistles. Less interesting, but more convenient, are the helper scripts that use wvWare. These are:

The wvWare home page has more information.

Add the sample entry below to .mailcap to convert files automatically and present them in netscape:

	/usr/freeware/bin/wv.wrapper %s; 
	description="Microsoft Word"
	/usr/freeware/bin/wv.wrapper %s; 
	description="Microsoft Word"

To auto-install this package, go back and click on the respective install icon.