readDOC: Read In a MS Word Document

Description Usage Arguments Details Value See Also

View source: R/reader.R


Return a function which reads in a Microsoft Word document extracting its text.


readDOC(engine = c("antiword", "executable"), AntiwordOptions = "")



a character string for the preferred DOC extraction engine (see Details).


Options passed over to antiword executable.


Formally this function is a function generator, i.e., it returns a function (which reads in a text document) with a well-defined signature, but can access passed over arguments (e.g., options to antiword) via lexical scoping.

Available DOC extraction engines are as follows.


(default) Antiword utility as provided by the function antiword in package antiword.


command line antiword executable which must be installed and accessible on your system. This can convert documents from Microsoft Word version 2, 6, 7, 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 to plain text, and is available from The character vector AntiwordOptions is passed over to the executable.


A function with the following formals:


a list with the named component uri which must hold a valid file name.


a string giving the language.


Not used.

The function returns a PlainTextDocument representing the text and metadata extracted from elem$uri.

See Also

Reader for basic information on the reader infrastructure employed by package tm.

tm documentation built on July 12, 2020, 3 p.m.