Automating repetitive task?

Subject: Automating repetitive task?
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 12:56:03 -0500 (CDT)

Hi, everyone. I have a fairly long Word doc with many figures. As we all know, Word does not provide a UI function to generate a list of imported figures (either linked or pasted in). Instead, to get said list, you save the doc as html, open the html doc, and search for "title=". This takes you to your original name for each graphic file.

I needed to compile a list of the graphic files used in the doc, so that I can delete all the also-rans that are cluttering up my "Art" file for this document. (Management of graphic files a topic for another thread.)

Because I don't know any better, I'm following this manual procedure:

1. Search for "title=".
2. Highlight text that follows immediatly, in quotation marks. Example:


3. Select "Compute_Values" and copy it into a separate Notepad file (although it could be a Word file; it doesn't matter to me).

4. repeat steps 1-3 to end of .html file.

Can someone point me in the direction of the skills I need to be able to automate something as stupidly repetitious as this?

If it's important, I used "View Source" from inside Word to view the .html file, and it opened in something called Microsoft Script Editor. I believe if I had opened the file in Explorer and then used View Source, it would have opened in Notepad. In either case, the .html file opens in a tool other than Word, so I'm working in at least two applications.

Pointers gratefully received.


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