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Re^4: Automating Word with Perl

by merrymonk (Hermit)
on Oct 29, 2008 at 11:45 UTC ( [id://720208]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Automating Word with Perl
in thread Automating Word with Perl

OK I think I can see what you are getting at and I can see that it would work well becase it is standard documenets
that I am trying to create.
The problem I am still having is to understand how to move to the position where I want to add the text.
I looked at the description again for some sort of 'positioning' facilitiy.
I found MoveToEnd which takes me to the end of the document.
I also saw some references to the cursor position but not how to 'set it'.
There is the the comment "The documents are constructed in a linear fashion, i.e. you add text to the
document and generally don't move around the document a lot".
This made me wonder if I am trying to do something that this application was not designed for.
Some more guidance will be more than apprecaited.

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Re^5: Automating Word with Perl
by jplindstrom (Monsignor) on Oct 29, 2008 at 23:05 UTC
    Win32::Word::Writer is a wrapper around Win32::OLE, using the ActiveX Word API.

    For the things that Word::Writer doesn't do out of the box, you need to do it "manually" using regular Win32::OLE Automation methods on the Word object model. The Word instance and the Word Document are both available.

    I recommend that you start by looking at Visual Basic (VBA) examples for how to do automate things in Word in general (Google it), then read the Win32::OLE docs to see how it's translated to Perl (it's different, but very similar). Then browse through the Word Document Object Model (here's how).

    As mentioned, "A good way to figure out how to do something is to record a Macro and then bring up the VBA window and inspect the code written by the Macro Recorder".

    Good luck!


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