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HELP! Need program to format MS Word doc into HTML


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#1 of 10 Dave Hahn

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Posted December 23 2007 - 04:09 AM

I have a HUGE Microsoft Word Document that I'm going to post on the forum. (It's the 2007 Film & Television Necrology [Obituaries]).

Much of the text in the ms word doc is either in bold, in italics, or in both. I would love to find a way to automatically format the text so that when I paste it into the post, it is formatted for HTML like this:

(b)bold(/b) and (i)italics(/i). (used () instead of [] so you could see what I mean.)

If I can find a way to do this, it would save me hours, yes hours, of posting.

I tried the feature in MS Word "Save as a web page" but this didn't seem to work.

Is there something in MS Word that will do this for me, or does anyone know of a third party program that will?

Thanks in advance!
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#2 of 10 Francois Caron

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Posted December 24 2007 - 05:00 PM

OpenOffice.org maybe? I know it can properly create PDF files, but I haven't tried saving as html.

#3 of 10 Jay H

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Posted January 10 2008 - 02:35 AM

Not sure if I understand but sounds like you want to post something in a VBB forum (like the HTF). HTML or webpage uses < > not [ ] and [/ ] so when you save the file in MS Word as a webpage, you'll get the fonts with the <> tags and not [] tags of vBB.

I doubt this is feasible but if you can save the file as an .HTM file and then open it up as a raw text file, you can see if you can global find and replace the <>s with []s and [/ ]s However, you'll probably find a lot of other HTML crap that you don't need that MSWord will put in there to save as a webpage...

Maybe do a search for macros that might already have been written perhaps....

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#4 of 10 DaveF

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Posted January 10 2008 - 05:02 AM

As Jay was getting at, you need to clarify your goals.

Word will produce a function HTML document; save it out and load it into IE or Firefox to see. But if you mean to post it into a web forum editor, then you don't want HTML, but the formatting code that forum requires.

And if the forum has the right tool, you can simply copy/paste, like I did below.

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#5 of 10 Ken Chan

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Posted January 10 2008 - 10:41 AM

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you'll probably find a lot of other HTML crap that you don't need that MSWord will put in there to save as a webpage
He could try the -clean option with HTML TIDY. Then do the replacing of the brackets, if necessary.

#6 of 10 JohnRice

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Posted January 10 2008 - 11:21 AM

As already said, your example indicates bb type formatting, not HTML. they aren't quite the same. These days a lot of forums have formatting that you can just copy and paste, so long as the forum software is fairly current and you use a decent browser (ex. NOT IE).

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#7 of 10 Dave Hahn

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Posted January 10 2008 - 03:52 PM

I guess HTML was the incorrect term. I wanted to post a MS Word doc here in HTF and save the bold and italics formatting. I say "wanted to" as the post I needed to transfer has already been done. I ended up having to go into the post and add the bold and italic formatting by hand, each word at a time.

DaveF, how did you do your example you put in your reply? I could use it for next year.

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#8 of 10 Parker Clack

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Posted January 11 2008 - 04:57 PM

Dave:

Write the word file with the bold and italicized text already in the document. For example [ b]Person's name[/b ] (without the spaces) and [i ]word you want to italicize here [ /i] (again without the spaces) and then just cut and paste.

Also, instead of one big file split this up over 3 or 4. If you ever need help all you have to do is ask.

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#9 of 10 DaveF

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Posted January 12 2008 - 04:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Dave Hahn
I guess HTML was the incorrect term. I wanted to post a MS Word doc here in HTF and save the bold and italics formatting. I say "wanted to" as the post I needed to transfer has already been done. I ended up having to go into the post and add the bold and italic formatting by hand, each word at a time.

DaveF, how did you do your example you put in your reply? I could use it for next year.

Thanks.
I just did a copy/paste from Word into this editor. It preserved the formatting.

Hrm. On a PC with Windows XP and Firefox, I was able to copy/paste formatted text directly into here. Now, on my Mac with Firefox, it doesn't work. I don't know the difference.

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#10 of 10 Dave Hahn

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Posted January 13 2008 - 06:05 AM

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Write the word file with the bold and italicized text already in the document. For example [ b]Person's name[/b ] (without the spaces) and [i ]word you want to italicize here [ /i] (again without the spaces) and then just cut and paste.

Parker,

I did just that last year, but I decided that it would be easier to use the forum's editing tools this time around. With two quick actions of the mouse, I can format a word into bold or italics, using brackets takes seven key-strokes. I suppose the smart thing to do is to insert the formatting using brackets as I go; then I wouldn't be faced with having to do it all at once.

DaveF

I tried to copy and pasted from MS Word into the forum's editor, several times with no success. I'm using MS Office 2002, MS XP Home Edition, and Firefox.
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