Re: Tool to clean up MS Word (2003)

Subject: Re: Tool to clean up MS Word (2003)
From: "Sandy Harris" <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 21:26:56 +0800

SB <sylvia -dot- braunstein -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Is there a tool out there that allows you to clean up MS Word?
> We are trying to apply a template but many styles are redundant and I
> am wondering if there is a tool that can identify the styles that have
> different names but the same formatting.
> In short, I am wondering how we can have clean documents without
> having to paste everything as text and reformatting everything from
> scratch. Is this possible?

If you use Word's save-as HTML, then apply one of more of:

HTML Tidy, which cleans up bad HTML:

The Amaya browser/editor, which has a built-in HTML validator:

The demoroniser, a program from Fermilabs specifically for
fixing Microsoft HTML's gratuitous standards violations:

That should get you to clean HTML.

But HTML is all ASCII text, so (with or without the cleanups
suggested above) you should be able to open it in any text
editor and use search-and-replace to your heart's content.
That should let you fix any tagging oddities.

Then read it back into Word and apply more tags as needed.

Sandy Harris,
Nanjing, China

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