Word to HTML conversion tool - Internet Assistant
Object_Id : 150
Title : Word to HTML conversion tool - Internet Assistant
Node_Type : Production
Format : HTML
Address : n/a
Abstract : Internet Assistant for Word is a tool that integrates with
Word (Mac or PC) to facilitate:
o web page authoring
o maintenance of web pages / HTML documents
o conversion of "ordinary" Word documents to HTML
Installation instructions: ...
To convert a Word document to HTML:
1. Open it
2. Do File / Save As and select "HyperText Markup Language"
from the format pick list.
IA does a reasonable job on the text & diagrams but with
some provisos - see "Additional_Info"
Date_Entry_Created : 06/01/97
Entry_Created_By : jane
Asset_Qualification : useful / does the job
IP_or_Copyright_Owner : Microsoft - but was free download
Usage_Conditions : I see no problem as we have Word 6 licences, but
see Microsoft's web site if you want to check.
Projects_Used_In : repository setup
Obtained_From : Microsoft's web site
Related_Items : Internet Assistant for Excel
Code_Type : simple tool
Programming_Language : don't know / irrelevant
Portations : Mac & PC
Binaries_Location : check - the CiTR install server on "central"?
Additional_Info : I am using Internet Assistant for Word (version ??)
on my Mac for authoring the repository documentation and
various web pages such as the travel tips suite.
Note: It is integrated into Word - if Word recognises
a doc. as being html, @§„it fires up Internet Assistant
which treats the doc. like a Word doc., mostly, but
you get styles that are mapped to HTML formatting
commands and the doc. looks vaguely like it will
with your browser.
My comments on Internet Assistant are:
o on the whole it is very useful and allows fairly
easy creation & maintenance of html docs.
o conversion of Word docs to html & subsequent
maintenance of the html version is reasonably
good as long as the styles in the original are
"sensible" and there are not too many odd style
It handles diagrams by converting them to gif and
writing them to a separate file; I had some trouble
with some diagrams (notably the title "banners" we
use for web pages - I think it is a Frame to rtf
oddity that causes the colours to be scrambled or
o Internet Assistant imposes some html "rules" that
I think are unreasonable, but you get to live
with them/devise workarounds. One of the
annoyances in this area is that if you close a
doc then reopen it can look different, 'cos
IA has "cleaned it up".
o I have a problem that I can't use Word at all if
my monitor is not plugged in to my Powerbook; i.e.
I can't use it at home (unless I load Word 5
to return to the Repository home page.