Creating a web page from Pagemaker

When you think of programs to use to create your web pages, Pagemaker is NOT one that springs to mind. Pagemaker is not an appropriate program to use to create web pages as a general rule but for those occasions when you have a page already created in Pagemaker and want to create a web page with the same content, there are ways of exporting your Pagemaker document into a format suitable to upload to the web.


If you have a document in Pagemaker that you want to convert into a web page, you will probably have text or images on the page that you want to use as hyperlinks. The first thing that you need to do before attempting to export your page into HTML is to define the hyperlinks that you need on the page.

To identify hyperlinks in Pagemaker, first select the image or text that you want to use for the hyperlink. Next go to the Windows menu and select the Show Hyperlinks option. A dialog box containing all of the hyperlink definitions that currently exist in your document (probably none) will be displayed. At the top right corner of this dialog box is an arrow pointing to the right. Clicking on this arrow will display a menu of available options, the one that you want to use to set up a new hyperlink is called new URL. This will display another dialog box where you can enter the URL of the page that you want the hyperlink to be linked to. Once you save this you then need to click on the icon to the left of the newly created link so as to attach it to the selected text or image in your document.

You can highlight all of the hyperlinks in your document by clicking on the hand tool. All existing hyperlinks will be surrounded by blue boxes.

Exporting to HTML

You can export selected pages of a Pagemaker document into HTML by selecting the File menu followed by the Export option and finally the HTML sub-option.

A dialog box will display allowing you to select what you want to call your HTML output. This dialog box also contains options to determine whether your images will be converted to gif format, jpeg format, or whichever Pagemaker thinks is most appropriate. There is also an Options button that allows you to select how your pages will be converted to HTML. You may want to play around with these options to see what effect that they have on your generated output and to determine how they should best be set to produce the output that you require.

Clicking on the Export HTML button will create your html output as well as converting your images as required. If the View checkbox is selected you will be able to view the HTML that was created.

The easiest way to check the appearance of the HTML that was created is to open the created file in your web browser and see what it looks like there. If you don't like the results then go back into the Options button and try changing the options there and export the HTML again. When you are happy with the generated page click the Done button to close the Export dialog box.

Pagemaker 6.5 creates HTML version 3.2 output which is somewhat out of date given that HTML version 4 has already been superseded by a slightly modified version now called XHTML version 1.0 but the output produced is still readable with current web browsers.

Exporting from Pagemaker to HTML is not something that you would want to be doing every day as there are better ways of producing your HTML source but if you have a document already in Pagemaker and you need to quickly convert it to a web page, you may find this option to be useful.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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