Microsoft Word has the capability to store output in HTML format instead of its own proprietary DOC format. What many people do not realise is that this output is not correct HTML but actually contains a vast number of additional codes that Microsoft has included so that the original Word document can be rebuilt in its original form. These additional codes greatly increase the size of the document that is saved and are not required if you are intending the resultant page to be loaded to the internet.
There is a solution to this. Microsoft have provided an HTML filter that you can process your word documents with to produce proper HTML code.
To obtain the filter you need to go to the Microsoft Office 2000 HTML Filter 2.0 page. Download the file from Office Update by clicking the Download Now! link at the top left of that page and following the instructions in the dialog boxes.
If you have previously installed the Office HTML Filter you will need to remove it using the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Windows Control Panel before installing the new filter.
You can now install the new HTML Filter 2.0 by double-clicking the Msohtmf2.exe program file on your hard disk to start the setup program and following the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
To filter a document in Word you need to open the document you want to filter. Select File then Export To, and finally Compact HTML. This will create your proper HTML output without all of the special Microsoft codes that programs (other than Word and Excel) cannot understand.
You can also use this filter to create cascading style sheets. Refer to the download page for more information.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.