I recently enlisted word processing technicians to help update our company web site. Because these folks don't have lots of web knowledge, I'm having them use our CMS -- Interspire's Webedit -- for simple text updates. The problem is that using Webedit results in lots of stupid propriety tags and other junk that really clutters up the files.
If anyone out there has used Webedit, do you know of a way to keep it from creating tag soup? Would I be better off having the technicians use Dreamweaver? Switching to any other CMS is not an option at the moment.
Judging by my experience, it's not Webedit that creates the tag clutter - importing text directly from MS Word is the problem. There are several ways to avoid or at least minimise the clutter: saving the text as .txt first; importing the text through Notepad or corresponding editor; or using the Webedit font cleaning options.
I use wvWare (via Linux in my case) to convert word documents into page content blocks. The wonderful thing about wvWare is that you can really dumb down the translation files to minimize html bloat. I'm not sure how it handles Office XP word documents but it works great with 2003 and earlier.