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mightymid

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3514572 posted 5:39 pm on Nov 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

This may be a shot in the dark, but here goes...

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.

 

tulip

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3514572 posted 2:11 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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.

seanpecor

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3514572 posted 2:50 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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.

mightymid

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3514572 posted 4:42 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

Doh! How did that not occur to me? Thanks, Tulip.

Seanpecor, I've not heard of wWare but it sounds like it's worth a look. Thanks for passing that on.

The_Hat

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3514572 posted 4:51 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have used Interspire's Webedit and feel I must recommend against this product due to some issues I had with support after the forced rollout of IE7.. I would recommend having them use Contribute.

tulip

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3514572 posted 5:24 pm on Nov 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

Webedit is far from perfect, but the best solution we have found so far - good value for money compared to Contribute.

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