RE: xml editor?

Subject: RE: xml editor?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Keith Hansen" <KRH -at- weiland-wfg -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 11:51:22 -0600

Keith Hansen wrote:

> This raises a question I've had for a long time. I use Word as an
> editor. When I look at the code that Word generates, it always seems
> contain tons of extra code. In many cases, I know the same result
> be achieved with less code.
> Question: Why does Word do this?
> Just curious.... Presumably there is some reason why Word does this.
> Then again, maybe not...

Much of the bloat is there to support round-tripping, so you can open
the HTML file in Word and all the Word features, functionality, and
metadata that are irrelevant to HTML are still there.

Some time ago (for Word 2000, I think), MS offered an "HTML export
filter" plug-in that stripped out the Word-specific stuff. In Word 2003
and 2007, that functionality is built in. I believe it's one of the
choices under the Save As command, and there are some configuration
settings in Tools > Options to control what gets filtered out.


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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