ADMINS- if this is posted in the wrong place, please move it to the appropriate forum.

I've received a query from a prospective client about doing text searches on Word files stored on a LAN (no internet access required). I don't have all the details yet, but the object of the exercise (as I understand it) is:

1) to create some way to do text searches of the Word files without having to manipulate the existing files.

2) or, to make (1) possible with the least amount of manipulation of the Word files.

New files are generated daily/weekly using a Word template file, so any solution(s) need to account for the new files as well as the existing ones.

The solution can be browser based, CGI, PHP etc., or whatever works best.

Since I don't code at all I'd be looking to sub-contract this if the client agrees to the proposed solution.

TIA for any help anyone can provide.