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Word as an editor or what's your suggestion RRS feed

  • Question

  • hi and thanks for any reply s and your time.

    Was wondering;  I heard use Microsoft word adds unwanted code to expression web after copy and pasting an article from word to ew.  If that is so, what other free editors or programs might i use to prevent unwanted code???

    thanks

    Friday, May 14, 2010 1:43 PM

Answers

  • Yes, Word code has a lot of styles and other unwanted things you don't want on a web page.

    The simplest option is to use 'Edit - Paste Text' which is OK for small blocks of text. If the content is larger, paste into Notepad and then copy into EW. Neither of these bring any formatting across.

    There are some on-line converters that do a slightly better job, but none are 100%.

    The bottom line is not to use Word as an editor for any web content, and use the above methods when you do need to copy anything across.

    Ian
    MS MVP Expression

    http://www.ew-resource.co.uk
    http://www.fp-resource.co.uk


    Ian Haynes
    Friday, May 14, 2010 2:01 PM
  • In the BEFORE POSTING Sticky there is a link to a Basic Website tutorial on http://by-expression.com (under Tutorials) that shows you how to bring in content from Word w/o the bloaded Word code.

    The tutorial and indeed the whole sticky post were created to help people with common problems like the one you are asking about. Go to the tutorial, download the associated zip file which consists of a Word doc and some images and work your way through the tutorial along with it. Then come back here and ask any follow-up questions you have after you have completed the tutorial then then tried it with your own code.

    We say this because in order to effectively create web pages that work cross browser you really need to have a basis in how the web works, html & css. You don't have to be an expert to create simple sites but you do have to learn how to do more than copy/paste.


    MS MVP Expression Tutorials & Help http://by-expression.com
    Friday, May 14, 2010 4:41 PM

All replies

  • Yes, Word code has a lot of styles and other unwanted things you don't want on a web page.

    The simplest option is to use 'Edit - Paste Text' which is OK for small blocks of text. If the content is larger, paste into Notepad and then copy into EW. Neither of these bring any formatting across.

    There are some on-line converters that do a slightly better job, but none are 100%.

    The bottom line is not to use Word as an editor for any web content, and use the above methods when you do need to copy anything across.

    Ian
    MS MVP Expression

    http://www.ew-resource.co.uk
    http://www.fp-resource.co.uk


    Ian Haynes
    Friday, May 14, 2010 2:01 PM
  • "If that is so, what other free editors or programs might i use to prevent unwanted code???"

    Use EW itself.  Style the text using CSS, which is what you need for the web.  Why use another program?

    Friday, May 14, 2010 2:30 PM
  • In the BEFORE POSTING Sticky there is a link to a Basic Website tutorial on http://by-expression.com (under Tutorials) that shows you how to bring in content from Word w/o the bloaded Word code.

    The tutorial and indeed the whole sticky post were created to help people with common problems like the one you are asking about. Go to the tutorial, download the associated zip file which consists of a Word doc and some images and work your way through the tutorial along with it. Then come back here and ask any follow-up questions you have after you have completed the tutorial then then tried it with your own code.

    We say this because in order to effectively create web pages that work cross browser you really need to have a basis in how the web works, html & css. You don't have to be an expert to create simple sites but you do have to learn how to do more than copy/paste.


    MS MVP Expression Tutorials & Help http://by-expression.com
    Friday, May 14, 2010 4:41 PM