Andrey Hihlovskiy

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A happier, groovier way to parse RTF: apache_tika + XmlSlurper

I discovered a new, easier way to parse RTF in java/groovy programs. Consider the following sequence:

1. Instantiate XmlSlurper

2. Instantiate RTFParser (of Apache Tika)

3. Parse RTF (either file or string), passing XmlSlurper to RTFParser (such passing is possible, because RTFParser expects ContentHandler interface, which is implemented by XmlSlurper).

4. Traverse RTF content groovy-style: each, find, findAll, etc.

The example:

package org.akhikhl.test
import org.apache.tika.metadata.Metadata
import org.apache.tika.parser.rtf.RTFParser
class ParseRtf {
def parse(String rtfText) {
// not validating, not ns-aware
XmlSlurper slurper = new XmlSlurper(false, false)
InputStream rtfStream = new ByteArrayInputStream(value.getBytes())
new RTFParser().parse(rtfStream, slurper, new Metadata())
slurper.document.'body'.p.each { p ->
println "Got paragraph: ${p.text()}"

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