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What follows is the unedited source of a blank html document:
<meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
<meta name=ProgId content=Word.Document>
<meta name=Generator content="Microsoft Word 9">
<meta name=Originator content="Microsoft Word 9">
<link rel=File-List href="./Document2_files/filelist.xml">
<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml>
<o:Author>My name was here</o:Author>
</xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml>
/* Style Definitions */
p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal
font-family:"Times New Roman";
mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";
margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in;
<body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:.5in'>
<p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-US><![if!supportEmptyParas]> <![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>
Would it even work? Or am I being silly, and this is all valid stuff?
What I see as a challenge though is how do you get through to a client that what they have is garbage? It all looks the same to them when they look at it in IE. So how do you explain to them that either you will have to start all over making their site, or have to edit the garbage that Word wrote, and that either way it will cost them some money. They just don't seem to get it, like: 'the site is basically there already, it should be real easy for you to just change this or that. Their friend who made the site the first time could easily add whatever, just by opening it in word...etc.'.
(I need a better way to make money!)
LOL! That is SO true.
A while back a small non-profit org asked me to "help" with their website.
It had been done in a combination of FP98, FP200, FTP, Word, and a REALLY old copy of Fusion, and probably some other stuff and text editors that I did not look for. All mixed together. All done by a succession of people that obviously had no concept of what they were doing.
When I told them what needed to be done (such as removing or scaling down the 560kb graphics background) I started getting the "well, we want to keep that, and this, and don't change that.."
I finally told them it was hopeless given the limitations they gave me (and the obvious internal bickering that was going on).
All this for a site that got maybe 500 hits a month ;P
A buddy of mine put a little site online ad it was full of code like that, cept' the word idenifiers were removed. He was a PhD Enginering grad so I thought it was some obscure coding/formatting thing used in Engineering......and it was Word all along........
OpenOffice.org blank page
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2//EN">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="CONTENT-TYPE" CONTENT="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
<META NAME="GENERATOR" CONTENT="OpenOffice.org 1.0.1 (Win32)">
<META NAME="CREATED" CONTENT="20030222;18070329">
<META NAME="CHANGED" CONTENT="16010101;0">
Mozilla Composer -
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
Dreamweaver MX 'Basic webpage' -
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
They all appear to do quite a good job of it. Personaly, I can't stand using M$ Office at all anymore, long live Open Office!
I copy-and-pasted the first mentioned HTML into a blank *"Simpletext" document and saved it as an HTML file on my Mac. I've done this before, including when I was creating my own webpage, and it workd quite well.
Then, once saved as an HTML file, I tried opening it with either Netscape 4.79 or iCab 2.82.
All I get is a blank white screen in both browsers. Sorry, the code doesn't work on us with iconoclastic, non-Windows platforms.
(*"Simpletext" is a modestly powered word processing program that comes with all Macs. It's pretty versatile and by default it only uses 512 k of RAM (you can tweak it to whatever you want of course). It handles different text styles, different fonts, search and replace, as well as (through linking with Quicktime) being able to play movies and sounds, even speaking typed text. But as far as handling plain text is concerned, it is akin to generating plain .TXT files on a Windows system with Notepad or some other program. The only thing it won't do is read Word .DOCs. For that I use another program called "Fileview" to rip the text out of ANY file, sans formatting. It's pretty well the only word processor I think of using nowadays.)