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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
Keywords                : 
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
Date_Entry_Last_Modified: 
Entry_Last_Modified_By  : 
Asset_Qualification     : useful / does the job
Other_Opinions          : 
Contact_Person          : 
IP_or_Copyright_Owner   : Microsoft - but was free download
Support_re_Ownership    : 
Date_Item_Created       : 
Usage_Conditions        : I see no problem as we have Word 6 licences, but
                          see Microsoft's web site if you want to check.
Support_re_Usage_Condns : 
Authors_and_Contributors: 
Projects_Used_In        : repository setup
Obtained_From           : Microsoft's web site
Derived_From            : 
Related_Items           : Internet Assistant for Excel
Code_Type               : simple tool
Programming_Language    : don't know / irrelevant
Portations              : Mac & PC
Source_Location         : 
Binaries_Location       : check - the CiTR install server on "central"?
Issues_Bug_etc_List_Locn: 
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
                             overrides. 
                          
                             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
                             whatever)
                          
                          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
                             instead).