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I had 2 ideas to solve this. Have the client provide us their content through a WYSIWYG editor so they are forced to use something like TinyMCE which will give us standardized tagging which is easier to paste into sites.
The other option is to find a WYSIWYG editor which is capable of providing the HTML text broken down to as few tags as possible, without adding class or style attributes.
Does anyone know of a WYSIWYG editor which would be ideal for this, or maybe another solution to the problem all together?
I have had similar problems and I have tried using the "save as html" option in Word then opening in Notepad and copying just the relevant body text. It is still full of bloated code and takes almost as long to fix as putting the tags into plain text.
With Word Documents, there will "always" be reformatting. The removal of mso tags on every element is usually the first thing. I use FrontPage along with its Remove Formatting commands. I also do the line by line reformatting because the clients do not typically have the experience to properly format the page. They use the wrong elements in most instances.