• Subject: Re: Word to HTML
  • From: email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (James W Kilgore)
  • Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 15:38:07 -0700
  • Organization: Progressive Data Systems, Inc.

Although you -can- "save as" your word document as HTML, WORD is
definitely not a professional's tool of choice.

When we set up our first pages we tested them on two PC's (different
resolutions) that came in through an outside ISP.  We tried Netcom, IBM,
Compuserve and AOL.

Netcom and AOL, at that time, had their own browser and setting up web
pages was a real exercise in compromise.

But, back to your point, unexpected and unwanted formatting changes: 
Well the only real answer, AFAIK, is to use Adobe to put up the sections
of your site where formatting is critical.

Although for the newer users of the web, getting and installing the
Adobe reader seems like a bit of a hassle, without it, you compromise
control over appearance for ease of use by the viewer.

There are a slew of HTML editors available, some free, which will at
least limit your design to the more common, supported, features and
fonts which seems to minimizes surprises from the viewers standpoint.

A working tactic for you may be to use WORD to prototype your web pages,
save them as HTML, then use a -real- HTML editor to clean them up for
public consumption and any ongoing maintenance.

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