I spent part of my time with the flu trying to figure out how to convert a collection of old Word documents into Markdown-fomatted plain text files. I determined that `textutil` is close to useless in this regard because it does not maintain *headings*, instead preferring to collapse headings into a styled paragraph. To get to `HTML`, then, I will need to use Word itself, which means AppleScript or Automator. I need to first open a document, then save it as `HTML`.
[Microsoft’s Site for Mac Developers is here.](http://www.microsoft.com/mac/developers/default.mspx?CTT=PageView&clr=99-25-0&target=2d1a8990-1770-48d2-9f25-d34436d94e631033&srcid=2d32fd18-7b63-4465-bb72-2a518cb181201033&ep=7)
UPDATE: It looks like Microsoft does have an Automator Workflow that does what I want, but the bundle of workflows does not come with the Student and Teacher Edition. Thanks, MBU!
Here’s a guy who’s written a book and released [some podcasts](http://www.automatedworkflows.com/tips/podcast.html) on *automating* Office.