[thelist] MS Word conversion to HTML

Hassan Schroeder hassan at webtuitive.com
Fri Jan 3 10:56:00 CST 2003

Liam Delahunty wrote:

> This way you'll need to produce the actual 20 pages yourself and make them
> link to one another, but please do consider that 20 a4/letter/legal pages
> doesn't = 20 screens of info. The web pages should be shaped by their
> content not their file size...

Definitely true!

Having done this for documents produced by other document-processing
software, I'd recommend:

1) export as plain text
2) create an outline of the document identifying logical sections,
    and tag with <hN> as appropriate
3) wrap text content in <p>s
4) paste each major (<h2>) section into a unique file
5) add style sheet

That's slightly simplistic, but you get the idea :-)

It might seem like more work than the save-as-html/tidy approach,
but it probably isn't, and you wind up with much cleaner output.

Also, if you have a server-side language available, creating the
[ < previous | next > ] page links can be done quickly with a single
included routine and pages named something like p00 - p19.

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