"Save As HTML" Falls Short of the Mark
Microsoft Word's "Save As HTML" feature is fine if you are converting a short document to HTML or if you want to use Word to compose a web page. But what if you need to convert a two hundred page technical manual? What if you have dozens or hundreds of documents which are updated frequently?
Word's Save As HTML capability falls far short of the mark because there are some basic differences between what's appropriate for a printed document and what works on the web. Saving a Word document into a equivalent HTML file is only the first step in a long and complicated publishing process.
Publishing Complex Documentation
If you were to try publishing one or more complex Word documents using only Word's Save As HTML capability and an HTML editor, you would probably need to follow some or all of the steps below:
For a long document such as a manual, the steps above would take hours--or perhaps days--of tedious and error-prone HTML editing and formatting. And there are some elements of complex printed documentation which it would probably be impractical to translate to HTML manually. For example, what about the index? What about converting cross references to hyperlinks or preserving footnotes?
Even if you invest the time and effort to translate existing documentation manually, what happens when the source documents change? Keeping the online version of the documentation up-to-date quickly becomes an insurmountable task.
The WordToWeb Solution
WordToWeb is picks up where "Save As HTML" leaves off--completely automating the entire publishing process.
For example, WordToWeb will automatically break a long document into separate pages based on the headings in the document. It will link the pages together with graphical or text-based navigation links so the user can page through the text. It will also create an online table of contents and will convert a Word index into an online equivalent.
An with WordToWeb, once you have converted your documents to HTML, you can reconvert at any time with a single click of the mouse--making it easy to keep paper and online documentation synchronized.
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