When Microsoft released their Office Open XML
, I believe their MS Office Word documents then conformed to that standard - i.e., including files with extension .docx
I have noticed that Google docs can import files with extension .docx, and seems to be able to turn them into Google doc format without any apparent loss of formatting - I think they become something rather like a .RTF (Rich Text Format) document - though this (no loss of formatting) does not seem to be always the case when converting files with the extension .doc
As an aside, I am unsure (have not tested) whether this conversion (.docx ---> Google docs format) works perfectly without loss of formatting 100% of the time, but I have noticed it seems to work on those few occasions when I have done this to files with .docx extension - i.e., when I have wanted to share files with people whose software could not read files with .docx extensions.
With the latest changes to Google docs functionality, I think you now have the option to either:
(a) import .docx files to Google docs, and convert them to Google docs format as they are being imported
(b) import .docx files to Google docs, and convert them to Google docs format after
they have been imported.
Furthermore, I gather that you can do this conversion with single documents, or with batches of documents.Once a file has been converted to Google docs format:
(a) The storage space it takes up does not decrement your total available/residual Google docs storage space.
(b) The file can be Exported in these formats:
- Open Document
- Plain Text <----------THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED
The criteria you state include "can be invoked at the command line", and this approach I have described does not meet that criterion.
Anyway, I would suggest that you try it and see for yourself, if you are interested.
Hope this helps or is of use.[/list] (Why is this editor tacking "list" onto my post?)