Re: Creating HTML Pages

Subject: Re: Creating HTML Pages
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 05:45:23 -0700 (PDT)

--- Jill Renaud <jrenaud -at- mitra -dot- com> wrote:
> The constraints for this project are: (a) We can't force the users to code HTML
> (although some may choose to do so),

Just about any WYSIWYG editor that can save as or create directly to HTML should
suffice for this constraint.

> (b) The pages must have a consistent look and
> feel,

Unless the writers adhere to a template, this one will be impossible regardless of
the tool chosen. Whether some people code their HTML or not, getting non-writers
(and some writers, I might add for fairness) to stick to a standard layout is harder
than herding cats. The more contributors you have for this activity, the worse it
will be.

> (c) The implemented system must be relatively easy-to-use and require
> minimal training,

Again, any WYSIWYG editor should meet this need. If your company/shop/organization
has a standard document development tool, and if it will save as HTML even poorly,
it should satisfy this requirement.

> (d) It must be fairly cheap!

If the tool you are using now saves as HTML, it should meet your needs. And the
price will be right.

> Does anyone have any ideas for this project?
> We are toying with the idea of using Word as the HTML editor. Is there any way to
> apply a style sheet to a html page created using a Word template? Would we be
> asking for trouble by implementing such a system?

Yes, you can do it in Word. You can create the template for everyone to use. They
can save as compact HTML in Word...may need to get a free patch for this part...and
style sheets can be applied to help with the consistency issues.

That still won't get you past the people (I almost wrote guys <g>) who will go off
on their own because it is easier, for example, to do everything in Normal Style
than it is to actually apply styles. That's human nature, though humans can be
trained if one is patient enough.

Tom Murrell
mailto:trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com Last Updated 03/11/2003
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