Generating HTML in Your Word Processor
All the major word processing programs, including Word Perfect, MS Word, ClarisWorks, PageMaker, and MS Works are developing or have already released add-in modules or new features in their programs to allow for the creation of HTML. This activity describes what is currently available for major word processing programs and provides links to helpful resources on using your word processor for HTML creation and maintenance.
- Learn how to use your Word Processing program to create HTML files.
- Learn where to find additional information on using word processors to create HTML.
Materials & Resources
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- Special hardware requirements: none.
- Special software requirements: none.
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If you are using any of the following word processing programs, you can generate HTML directly from within your regular word processing files. If you are not using one of these programs, you can still use the RTFtoHTML translation program (see Internet Resources below) to create HTML from your word processor.
- ClarisWorks from Claris: ClarisWorks 4.x reads and writes HTML files directly. You can read in HTML files by using the Word Processing feature. Select the Open ... option from the File menu and select the File Type list and scroll down to select WWW [HTML]. Select the HTML file you want to read and open it. ClarisWorks will automatically convert it into its word processing format for changes. When you want to save an HTML file, use the Save As ... option from the ClarisWorks File menu and then change the file type to WWW [HTML] before clicking on the Save button. This will translate the file into HTML.
- WordPerfect from Corel: WordPerfect 7.x can read and write HTML files. To write a file to HTML, use the Publish to option from the File menu and select HTML. This will create an HTML file from the WordPerfect document. If you are using WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows, you can use the add-in program, Internet Publisher (see Internet Resources below) to create HTML files.
- Word from Microsoft: Microsoft offers for free the Internet Assistant (IA) for MS Word 6.1 or later. This add-in program allows you to create HTML files from Word documents. To download the Internet Assistant, see the Internet Resources below.
- PageMaker from Adobe: PageMaker 6.0, and 6.5, include an export feature to generate HTML files. Adobe also sells PageMill, an HTML creation and maintenance program.
- Rich Text Format to HTML (RTFtoHTML): This translation utility converts files in Rich Text format (RTF) into HTML.
Note: You must already have the main word processing programs (i.e., Word Perfect, MS Word, etc.) for these add-ins to work.
- Internet Publisher for WordPerfect 6.1 (Windows)
An add-in for WordPerfect that generates HTML files. Note: WordPerfect 7.0 now includes the ability to read and write HTML directly.
- The Internet Assistant for Micorsoft Word 6.0.1 (Windows/95, Windows, and Macintosh)
An add-in for Word 6.0 that reads and generates HTML files.
- HTML Author for Adobe PageMaker 6.0 (Macintosh & Windows)
PageMaker 6.0 includes a feature to generate HTML files.
- ClarisWorks 4.0 (Macintosh & Windows/95)
ClarisWorks 4.0 includes the ability to read and save HTML files.
- RTFtoHTML Translation Program (Macintosh & Windows)
A generic Rich Text Format (RTF) to HTML conversation utility program.
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