Often people want to use an existing document on their web site. Why rewrite material that you have already massaged into an attractive and useful shape? Unfortunately, it is not quite as straight-forward as you might think to get a well-shaped web page from a paper document. They do not share the same definition of what makes a "good" page.
Design Issues for Converted Documents
Web pages have different design issues than documents prepared for print. The shape of the space is different. The physical interface is different. The way people interact with web pages is different.
You may need to modify your converted document to make it more web-friendly by:
How Readers Read
What to Use to Convert
You usually have at least two choices for converting a document to a web page:
Many programs, including Word and Excel, allow you to save documents in HTML format. The resulting web page will probably need some tweaking, however. Sometimes the changes that the conversion makes are quite startling.
Word 97: Conversion errors
You must proof-read your converted document very
carefully to be sure that all of the parts arrived safely and in the
arrangement you want. You may need to edit the source code yourself to make
Word 2000: When saving as a web page, Word 2000 uses a complex internal stylesheet, so it can usually make the HTML page look almost exactly like the Word document. But... it takes a lot of very messy code. This makes the converted document MUCH longer and VERY hard to edit yourself. In addition, the browser must understand stylesheets to make any sense of the page at all.
All Office 2000/2002 programs: If you use Save as Web Page from an Office 2000/02 program (Word, Excel, etc), you should plan to use that program for all future edits of this document. [Open the HTML page in the program, make changes, and then re-save as a web page.] No one wants to deal with this source code directly!
Microsoft Office HTML Filter 2.0: This filter allows you to export all or part of an Office document as Compact HTML (removing all the extra code that Office adds). There are advantages and disadvantages: Use Office HTML Filter to Create Web Pages that Download Faster.
HTML Editing Software
Some HTML editors can open a variety of other file types directly. They generally can only save as a web page. You will have to experiment to see whether you get the best results with the original program or with your editing software.
FPX, unfortunately, cannot actually open much besides HTML files and text files. The Open dialog actually lists file types that FPX cannot actually open!
Saving a complex document as HTML may not produce a useable document.
Example: The original tri-fold brochure, adapted for the Step-by-Step on the next page, used textboxes to create three columns. A direct Save As using the file type HTML will include only the blank mailing address section and the front flap, at the far right below. Totally useless on the Web!
Working with complex documents: *****Simplify first! *****Copy the contents and paste to a new, simpler document. Convert this new document to HTML. It may take several steps, depending on how complex your document is. It's awkward but more workable in the long run.
~~ 1 Cor. 10:31 ...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~~