I wrote an article about using Ruby to test Word through COM. It's part 
of my campaign to have more testing be via scripting languages, less 
through GUI test automation tools. (First appeared in  Software Testing 
and Quality Engineering Magazine.)

<http://www.testing.com/writings/bypassing-the-gui.pdf>

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Brian Marick
Consulting, training, contracting, and research
Focused on the intersection of testing, programming, and design
marick / testing.com, marick / visibleworkings.com
www.testing.com, www.visibleworkings.com

"Act always so as to increase the number of choices." -- Heinz von 
Foerster