Word to OpenOffice - what to do with styles?

Subject: Word to OpenOffice - what to do with styles?
From: Kevin McLauchlan <kmclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 14:50:29 -0500


I've got a bunch of Word documents that I want to bring over to OpenOffice

I've heard that it works more smoothly if your Word and OOo styles have the
same names.

Naturally the Word styles don't have suitable names (the docs were produced
by a writer
who was chopped during a merger), so them're the ones I want to change.

Anybody done this sort of migration and have suggestions (or even a reliable
keyword to
search in the Techwr-l archives)??

When I go to Tools > Templates and Add-ins... in Word, and try to rename
styles, it
doesn't rename them.
Instead, it keeps the old name and extends it with a comma, a space, and the
new name.
That's some sort of aliasing arrangement, which I'm sure is wonderful, but
isn't what I'm hoping
for............. is it?

If I open the doc in OOo, does it pounce on the aliases and smoothly
substitute its
equivalently named styles?
I'd just go ahead and try, but when I tried to import the unmodified Word
doc, OOo 2.1
hung. I thought it might have been just laboring with the awfulness of Word
docs, so
I let it crawl and went home. Next morning, it was still and unresponsive.
Don't need
that again.

The Word doc is less than 300 pages.

Suggestions? Thoughts? Pithy observations?


Kevin in Ottawa

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