What Eric said ;-) I was not 100% clear whether your objective was to work with Word files in Word format (in which case you'll need to use something like Index Server) or to work with the original text from the Word documents, in which case you could either work with the plain text or store them with HTML formatting to retain as much of the original layout as possible from the original documents. Good luck with it! .steve Means, Eric D wrote: > -----Original Message----- > From: Kevin Stevens [mailto:kjs at ratking.co.uk] > Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2002 1:57 PM > To: thelist at lists.evolt.org > Subject: Re: [thelist] RE: Wordsearch in ASP/Access > > >> last thing Steve, why would I want to format the Word files into >> HTML? Is this some kind of labour saving thing, or will it all >> become abundantly clear when I try it? > > At a guess, it's because Word files are binary objects -- and thus > cannot be searched as if they were text in the DB. HTML, however, is > plain text and easily searchable (but still formattable).