Tip: convert Word to HTML, and convert Excel and PDF to HTML too, freeWednesday, March 01, 2006
I just realised there's an easy free way to convert Microsoft Word DOC, Excel XLS or Adobe Acrobat PDF documents into nice clean HTML for your website or web pages.
Just email the file to yourself at your Gmail address (now anyone can sign up for Gmail free), login to Gmail, open the email, click to view the attachment as HTML, view the source of the new window that pops up, and copy and paste the HTML code to use for your webpage. [Added 10 March 2006:] Thanks to LilacPhonograph for adding (see comment) that your Gmail/Google Mail display language must be set to English US (Settings, General tab), if you can't see a View as HTML option.
There may be a bit of search/replace to do after that in order to to get rid of some fonts from the original DOC file (e.g. the face="whatever" code), and perhaps some other tidying will be needed, but it's a lot better than trying to convert Word docs into HTML from within Word itself, which just produces lots of horrid messy Microsoft-specific code. And it's a quick way to transfer e.g. tables in Word or Excel to HTML tables - it sure beats laborious retyping or copy/paste followed by lots of editing.
Many people have probably already cottoned on to this trick, I've been slow off the mark here - but for those who haven't, I hope this is a helpful tip. It's certainly saved me lots of time as I often have to try to convert tables sent to me in Word or Excel into HTML for webpages. And it works pretty well with PDF files too, again with just a bit of tidying up. Good ol' Google!
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