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Hi,

What is a good, reliable and preferably free tool or method to view word 2003-2007-2010 documents online on a webpage, like in an iframe?

Thanks!
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by:carlos_huggins
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Why don't you try

http://view.samurajdata.se/

is a GNU licensed project
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by:peps03
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Thanks, but when trying to view docx, i get an error.
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by:Ray Paseur
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You may find that a docx is just a doc, but encoded in the form of a zip archive.  You might be able to unzip and treat the resulting file like a doc.  I have never done this so I do not have a teaching example, but it seems like it might be a promising thing to pursue.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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No, it's not that simple.  I have a 'docx' that contains less than 1k of text but the 'docx' file is 49,118 bytes.  Looking at it in Filealyzer, it has a lot of 'word/????.xml' like 'word/document.xml' and 'word/theme/theme1.xml' followed by PK which is usually the signature for PKzip.  It's not just a single Zip file but apparently a lot of little sections containing all the usual Microsoft formatting info whether you need it or not.
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by:peps03
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Hmm the Google file-viewer also doesn't open docx. (Although it says it does support it). On the other hand, dropbox does have  a tool to view docx in the browser.
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by:Mark Brady
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Here is a free tool for viewing docx in Firefox. This one can convert the file to html to if you wish. I can't find any cross browser solutions for you though.

http://www.labnol.org/software/open-docx-files-in-firefox-as-html/5827/
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by:peps03
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hmm thanks. really need cross-browser.

any idea why the google file viewer isn't opening docx while it says it should?
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https://docs.google.com/viewer works...
but..
you have to add

AddType application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document docx

to your htaccess!
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by:peps03
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fixed it!
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