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RE: MS Office and Accessibility

From: Jim Thatcher <jim@jimthatcher.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 08:19:21 -0500
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
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I fear that this may be diverging from the thread, but the subject is right
on. I was converting a large Office document to (accessible and clean) html
and very late in the process, someone told me that HTML-Kit had a specific
menu option to clean up Word 2000 documents that had been stored in html,
"Strip surplus tags in Word 2000 pages." That worked very well.

Now from Kathleen Anderson's [kathleen.anderson@po.state.ct.us] CMAC Access
list I hear Microsoft has a filter to do the same thing. It is also
educational to read why the documents are so bloated.

Here's the quote from Kathleen's message which was obviously quoting


The Office HTML Filter is a tool you can use to remove Office-specific
markup tags embedded in Office 2000 documents saved as Hypertext Markup
Language (HTML). When you create an HTML document in Office 2000,
Office-specific markup tags are embedded in it. These tags help "round-trip"
the document for editing purposes. For example, if you create the document
in Word 2000 and save it as HTML, the code embedded in the document allows
you to re-open the document in Word 2000 and use the same features you
originally used to create the page.
Once you have completed editing an HTML document in Word 2000 or Excel 2000,
you can use the Office HTML Filter to remove the Office-specific markup tags
from the final copy of the HTML document. By removing the tags, you reduce
the size of the document, which in turn reduces both the amount of space
used on Web servers as well as the time it takes to download the page. For
additional information about the benefits and disadvantages of removing the
Office-specific markup tags, read Use Office HTML Filter to Create Web Pages
that Download Faster.

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