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Topic: DOC to PDF without 3rd party tools
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 67560
From: aandi
Date: 6/25/2002 02:09 PM

>Where do i start? Do i require
>knowledge of the PDF
>Specification and the Word
>Document Specification to
>convert?

I think that's a definite unless you are prepared to use some sort of tool that you haven't mentioned. The PDF Spec is freely published - 800 pages. I'm not convinced the current Word document specification is so easily available.

In any case, it is a massive project. At least a year, probably more, because you have to somehow replicate Word's processing and layout - entirely undocumented. Even processing a single graphics format like WMF could divert you for many months - IF you write the code, and that seems to be your requirement.
>
>Would it be better to convert
>to PostScript?

Same exercise unless you're willing to use tools.

>Then do i need
>to write my own low level
>PostScript to PDF converter?

On the basis you said. Now that's at least 2 years work, if you are a very fast programmer with experience in this sort of area.

>or are there existing tools i
>can use?

You just said you didn't want to use any tools!! Or what is a tool that is not "third party" by your definition?

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