Q157086: WD97: Limitations of Converting from Word Format to HTML
Article: Q157086 Product(s): Word 97 for Windows Version(s): WINDOWS:97 Operating System(s): Keyword(s): kbdta kbconversion word97kbfaq Last Modified: 14-NOV-2000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The information in this article applies to: - Microsoft Word 97 for Windows ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY ======= When you save a Microsoft Word document as HTML, Word displays the Web page similar to the way it will appear in a Web browser. Formatting and other items that are not supported by HTML or the Web page authoring environment are removed from the file. MORE INFORMATION ================ The following table shows the elements that Word changes or removes upon conversion. Element Word to HTML Comments ------- ------------ -------- Comments See Comment Comments you insert with the Comments command on the Insert menu are removed. After saving the document in HTML format, however, you can enter comments and apply the Comments style. The comments will not appear when the Web page is displayed by a Web browser. Font sizes See Comment Fonts are mapped to the closest HTML size available, which ranges from size 1 to 7. These numbers are not point sizes but are used as instructions for font sizes by Web browsers. Word displays the fonts in sizes ranging from 9 to 36. Emboss, shadow, No These character formats are lost, but engrave, all all text is retained. caps, small caps, double strikethrough, and outline text effects Bold, Yes Some special underline effects, such as strikethrough, dotted underlines, are converted to a italic, and single underline, and some underline underline effects aren't converted. effects Animated text See Comment Animations are lost, but the text is retained. For an animated effect, insert scrolling text into your page in the Web page authoring environment. Graphics See Comment Graphics, such as pictures and clip art, are converted to GIF (.gif) format, unless the graphics are already in JPEG (.jpg) format. Drawing objects, such as text boxes and shapes, are not converted. Lines are converted to horizontal rules. Tabs Yes Tabs are converted to the HTML tab character, represented in HTML source as 	. Tabs may appear as spaces in some web browsers, so you may want to use indents or a table instead. Fields See Comment Field results are converted to text; field codes are removed. For instance, if you insert a DATE field, the text of the date converts, but the date will not continue to update. Tables of See Comment The information is converted, but contents, indexes and tables of contents, tables of figures, and authorities can't be authorities, updated automatically after conversion and indexes because they are based on field codes. The table of contents displays asterisks in place of the page numbers; these asterisks are hyperlinks that the reader can click to navigate through the Web page. You can replace the asterisks with text that you want to have displayed for the hyperlinks. Drop caps No Drop caps are removed. In the Web page authoring environment, you can increase the size of one letter by selecting it and then clicking Increase Font Size. Or, you can use a graphic image in place of the letter. Frames No The frame and the text or objects contained in the frame are lost when the document is saved as HTML. Drawing objects No Drawing objects are not retained. You (AutoShapes, can use drawing tools in the Web page WordArt, text authoring environment by inserting Word effects, text Picture Objects. The object is boxes, and converted to GIF format. Shadows) Equations, See Comment These items are converted to GIF charts, and images. The appearance is retained, but other OLE you won't be able to update these objects items. Tables Yes Tables are converted, although settings that aren't supported in the Web page authoring environment are lost. Colored and variable width borders are not retained. Table widths See Comment By default, tables are converted with a fixed width. To convert a table with a percentage width (so that the table is sized relative to the browser window), set the option PercentageTableWidth=1 in the following Windows 95 Registry location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\ Shared Tools\Text Converters\Export\ HTML\Options Highlighting No Highlighting is lost. Revision marks No Changes entered with the track changes feature are retained, but the revision marks are removed. Page numbering No Because an HTML document is considered a single Web page, regardless of its length, page numbering is removed. Margins No To control the layout of your page, you can use a table. Borders around No You can place borders around a table, paragraphs and and you can use horizontal lines to words help emphasize or separate parts of your Web page. Page borders No There isn't an HTML equivalent for a page border. You can make your pages more attractive by adding a background using the Background command on the Format menu. You can also place borders around a table, and you can use horizontal lines to help emphasize or separate parts of your Web page. Headers and No There aren't equivalents for headers footers and footers in HTML. Footnotes and No endnotes Newspaper No For a multicolumn effect, use tables. columns Styles See Comment User-defined styles are converted to direct formatting, provided the formatting is supported in HTML. For instance, if you convert a style that includes bold and shadow formatting, bold formatting is retained as a direct formatting, but shadow formatting is lost. Hyperlink TARGETS No Hyperlink Targets allow users to populate a single frame with a new HTML document. Because of Word's limitation on converting frames, Word also strips out the TARGET tag in HTML Documents. Smart Quotes See Comment Smart quotes are replaced with straight quotes when you save and reopen (convert) the HTML document. Additional query words: 8.0 converting conversion converts converted transferring transfers transferred import export hypertext markup language ====================================================================== Keywords : kbdta kbconversion word97 kbfaq Technology : kbWordSearch kbWord97 kbWord97Search kbZNotKeyword2 Version : WINDOWS:97 Issue type : kbinfo =============================================================================
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