I am also constantly amazed at the lack of support for importing
Word content into Web CMSs. The CMS vendors all seem to believe their
own marketing hype that their through-the-web form-based HTML editors
are "WYSIWYG" and "Word-like".
They also seem to assume that most content is initially authored inside
the CMS environment, whereas the opposite is more generally the case.
Content can be pasted from Word into most TTW editors, but the resulting markup
quality is abominable.
The technology required to convert Word into good quality HTML isn't rocket science,
but the philosophy of allowing authors to use their standard desktop word-processing tool,
and providing a supportive structured web page authoring environment within that tool,
seems to be much less common than you would expect.
All CMS vendors seem to have chosen to offer TTW editors, but on closer analysis,
I have found that many of them have also had to develop VBA macros for their clients,
to allow them to convert existing material into web format.
They don't seem to have followed this obvious client demand to its logical conclusion,
and developed a standard facility to import Word content into their products without
loss of structure/presentation information.
Naturally, spotting this gap in the market, we have developed a product range which is
designed to support authoring of web pages using Word as the editor,
and converting into structured, accessible HTML.
See YAWC Pro (www.yawcpro.com) a plug-in for Word on Windows,
or YAWC Online (www.yawconline.com) an online Word to HTML conversion service.
We also hope to have a stand-alone, cross-platform (Linux/Windows) conversion
At 9 Jan 2004 10:41:48 +0100, Mirko Bulinsky wrote:
>Does anybody has a comment on this:?
>Ann Rocklayís "Managing Enterprise Content", chapter "Fundamental concepts
>of reuse" explains exactly how my client would like to reuse content within
>its Enterprise Document Management System (EDM). For opportunistic reusing
>he wants to work with Word 2003 since this is the enterprise standard.
>I was exploring the marked for products, plugins or SDKís enabling the usage
>of Word as a document composer.
>Since document composing is a very common and basic task within EDM, most of
>the vendors declare that they can do this, even with the usage of Word. A
>closer look reveals: none of them can do it!
>That surprises me. Word is probably the most widely used editing front end
>and the methods of reuse, described in Annís book are crucial within
>authoring complex documents. Is there no marked for this? Are there no EDM
>products using Word as editing and composing tool this way?
Eoin Campbell, Technical Director, XML Workshop Ltd,
10 Greenmount Industrial Estate, Harolds Cross, Dublin 12, IRELAND.
Phone: +353 1 4547811; Fax: +353 1 4496299
YAWC Online: http://www.yawconline.com/
YAWC Pro: http://www.yawcpro.com/
please trim your posts.