Several common programs claim to be able to
generate html documents.
This page reviews (roasts) a few of them.
MS Word 97
|Single spaced lines terminated by hard returns
||Double space lines
|Indented text using Ctrl-Tab
||Left justified because tabs are not rendered -
was coded instead.
Actually, Word shows it indented, but IE does not.
are deprecated and
functionally equivalent to <UL> commands.
W3.org suggests using UL instead of DIR.
- Most paragraphs have ending tags (these are never required).
Some paragraphs in tables do not have ending tags.
- Italics and bold map correctly
- The page title is set via File / Properties
- All tags are capitalized, the new xml "standard" requires lower case
- Indents (created with Tab keys) are rendered with <DIR> </DIR> tags.
MS Word 97 SR-1
I have witnessed the following conversions,
but I can not recreate them.
|The text was centered
||Left justified (a leading tab had no effect)
|A table created with columns
||6 <DIR> commands
||Left justified because tabs are not rendered.
In other places, <DIR> commands are used to
Word 97 (no upgrades)
While some tables don't convert correctly,
others simply convert poorly.
In one test,
tables were defined with a fixed width
(638 - the web default is to autosize).
There is no way to change this to autosize.
Text was aligned in a table cell using - <P ALIGN="RIGHT"> -
which may or may not work in IE 5.0.
(I've seen it both ways.)
Word 97 Differences
||Select File / Save as HTML...
||Select File / Save As... and set the Save as type to HTML Document
||View / HTML Source
||There is no way to view the document's html codes
||The Save as type includes file extensions
||File extensions are not shown
Word 97 Examples
A few examples are provided
- One document is made of simple paragraphs - it converts ok.
- The other is a survey form with lots of tabs and manual spacing -
its conversion is terrible.
When Office 2000 applications create html,
they use tons of style sheets and other unfriendly tags.
It is truely a mess.
(But the pages look great if your browser supports all that stuff.)
Microsoft provides the
Office 2000 HTML Filter 2.0
to remove the style sheets and other junk.
You might find this useful.
freeware package is a step up from notepad. It provides
Its main drawback is the lack of WYSIWYG editing.
Also, the Java menu class is flakey - it works from the local drive
but not from the internet.
There are a few additional problems, but it seems well behaved.
- Spell checking
- Color coded editing
- Netscape & IE only tags are identified as such
- A good toolbar to select codes from
- Some tags can be edited via a dialog box
(Table, Form, Body - but not tr, td, input)
- Good syntax checker
If an html file is generated from MS Word and then you
double click the filename from inside FrontPage -
suprise, it opens in Word.
To open it in FrontPage, you must delete (modify) the Generator
Author: Robert Clemenzi -