How to read in MS Word documents

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I am planning to set up a database driven webpage. One of the key feature will be the creation of an internal library. User will be able to upload their files (e.g. MS Word). Other user shall be able to review/read those docs in their browser window.

The basic idea is to "parse"/convert the MS doc into a format that could be further processed by PHP. IS THAT CORRECT?
AND: How can I achieve this?

Are there any libs/scripts available to access the info contained in a MS Word doc?
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if you are using a windows box them yes. look into using COM with php, also there is a LINUX way you could try, :

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