Re: Transitioning Text Across Platforms
Lou, I would be interested in learning your HTML approach for
transitioning text from Word to InDesign.
I'm not experienced with InDesign (really should fix that), just assumed it would do a better job of preserving some document structure if you feed it clean HTML instead of plaintext.
And *the* tool for getting from MS Word 2000/97 to clean HTML is Tidy:
The problem with these applications' method for exporting to HTML is that it adds a bunch of junk geared toward re-importing to Word. Among its many other capabilities, Tidy has switches for specifically cleaning MS Word-generated HTML.
Tidy's various parameters may be given from the command line, but also from a more convenient config file.
So if you have a bunch of MS Word content to re-purpose -- and HTML figures in the re-purposing, perhaps as an intermediary step -- Tidy can get you there. Use the most complex document as a baseline, tweak the Tidy parameters until you like the output, then pipe the rest of the files through. Works great, integrates with many editors.
Even if one doesn't need Tidy right now, remember that it's out there. One day it'll save you a lot of trouble.
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