Syd Bauman wrote:
> To whom should problems with Vesta be sent? Here? Directly to
> Sebastian? Post at

well, not the later if you want me to read it :-}
ideally, to the bug or feature request trackers on

> In any case, whenver I run Vesta set to read a P5 file and transform
> to either default/docx or iso/docx, whether the 1.0.5 or 1.0.8 Mac
> binary, I get the same error:
>     Error: Could not create docx file: Could not load docx template

puzzling. it worked for me when I test it before release (I
admit its not a matter of daily use for me). I shall look
again for the new release this weekend

> I've checked, and that file exists, but when I try to open it (in
> NeoOffice), I get a general input/output error.

that is deliberately not a valid Word document,
by the way. well, not "deliberately", but consciously. There
is a mangling stage to get to that format from a normal docx.

> But in fact I'd like to run a conversion on 1600 files at once, in
> which case Vesta's user interface is quite an impediment. I found
> that just executing
> on the files also results in an error, but that may well be because
> it isn't intended to work stand-alone, or needs some parameter or
> some such.

indeed it does.

what you need to do is grab the Stylesheets package
(from Subversion, until I to do a new release tomorrow), and then
you'll find two shell scripts, "teitodocx" and "docxtotei", which
implement the full workflow. eg

   teitodocx --profile=iso foo.xml

to process with the ISO template, or

   teitodocx --odd foo.odd

to include an ODD preprocessor, or

   docxtotei foo.docx

to generate TEI from Word.

Not very well documented, all of this, but a little creative reading
of the scripts will show what it does.

We hope in the next month to have a web service available
to manage these conversions. You can certainly expect much
more activity in this area over the coming months.
Sebastian Rahtz
Information Manager, Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN. Phone +44 1865 283431

Sólo le pido a Dios
que el futuro no me sea indiferente