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Alas this has caused numerous problems with the excess code Word whacks in for good measure. My question is what program does everyone else use to format text/content for websites.
I know that Dreamweaver has a Clean Up Word Html but this isn’t really good enough for my purposes and DM also has a spell checker but its not up to Word standards.
What do you use?
If I'm working from Word originals, I usually paste the Word text into DW and do my formatting in DW. This isn't highly automated, of course, but it does make things fairly clean (as clean as DW allows).
If you are creating table structures and the like in Word, you'll probably need to do extensive hand-editing of the HTML it generates.
Your problem is a little different, because you're attempting to capture the styling/layout along with the text IN WORD. Here are three options that might help if the content and layout has to be done in Word:
1) a cleanup program like HTML-Tidy. This is freeware from the w3c and is useful as a syntax checker. It also tries to fix malformed HTML.
2) a second option would be OpenOffice. Again, this is freeware (available under GPL) and replicates most of the functionality of MS Office. The interface is similar enough to Word's that actually creating the documents in OO is an option. If not, OO can import Word. Its native file format is XML. I've actually used OO to convert things like a page with Word's WordArt to HTML -- this is something that Word itself cannot convert using its "save as HTML" feature.
3) finally, Macromedia has a new product called Contribute, I believe, that is designed to allow end users to update HTML pages with Word and other source documents.
:) Peter Hollings