Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Moodle 2.0 Installation - AntiWord

Image Source: Adapted from http://anti81.com/images/anti81logoblack.jpg
After some slight setbacks (I wasn't alone) during my attempt to install Moodle 2.0 on a freshly setup XAMPP-based Windows machine yesterday, today I found myself trying again. This time, all went well, except that for a brief moment, I found myself wondering what Joseph Rezeau shares in this Moodle forum post:
Today tried to install a fresh copy of Moodle 2.0 RC1 (Build: 20101110) on my WAMP Windows XP local machine. Towards the end of installation got a message insisting that I should have \moodle\lib\antiword\win32 on my machine, which I don't and have no idea what that is.
I, too, had encountered this and simply deleted the reference in the hopes that it would work. Fortunately, it did. Since I had no idea what AntiWord (Windows version here) was either, and I appreciated the response from Marcus Green that referenced some web sites.

Here's what I found when I followed the links:

Microsoft Word only exists on platforms supported by Microsoft itself. On other platforms, reading Microsoft Word files is usually difficult, sometimes expensive and often impossible. This Microsoft Word reader is called Antiword for reasons explained in the documentation...Antiword is usable on all but the most complex Word documents.
It appears AntiWord hasn't been updated in awhile, which left me wondering why it would be included in Moodle 2.0.  Since I'm still exploring the Moodle 2.0 Site Admin, I'm not sure where I can set this back up if I so chose.

Any ideas?



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