Transitioning Text Across Platforms

Subject: Transitioning Text Across Platforms
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 16:27:42 -0400

Good afternoon,

I started a new position about a month ago and have been developing
content for new documentation on an old "Frankenstein" computer the
department IS guy cobbled together with cast-off Habitrail wheels and
duct tape while my new computer was ordered. The news came today that
the new computer has shipped and the IS department should install it
sometime next week.

When it arrives I'll be faced with the task of transferring
documentation content from MS Word 2003 to Adobe InDesign CS. It sounds
simple enough, but I'm afraid of all the hidden embedded codes that Word
loves to cram into every document it creates. I want to strip out my
text, all my text, and nothing but my text when I transfer the content
to InDesign. I've kept my formatting to a minimum (mainly for
readability) since my current machine does not even have the fonts
mandated by the corporate style guide and includes no graphic creation
or editing software. Fortunately I'll have the full Adobe Creative Suite
and Visio Professional 2003 on the new PC. My question is for anyone who
has made such a transition:

What steps must I take to strip out the ubiquitous embedded codes from
my Word 2003 text before moving it to InDesign?

My first guess would be to export the documents to a plain old .txt file
from Word, but that sounds too easy to get rid of all the embedded codes
that might want to migrate with my text.

Am I fretting needlessly, or are Word's codes truly so insidious that it
would be quicker to re-type all the text I've created from scratch?



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