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Re: more CSS and tables

From: Denise Wood <Denise_Wood@operamail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 20:45:33 -0500
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <3C3A587A@operamail.com>
I have another question regarding CSS.

Forgive me if i am asking the obvious, but I know very little about Word 2000 
and how it uses templates to render style sheets when documents are saved as 
web pages. Needless to say I never use Word 2000 to create web pages (hence my 
lack of knowledge about the way in which templates work in Word) however like 
it or not, many of my colleagues are using Word for this purpose. Now I do not 
want a lecture about why this is not good practice since I have no way of 
influencing decisions made by my colleagues about their preferred tool for web 
design. I am just trying to find ways of dealing with the effect that these 
practices have on web accessibility for our students.

Can anyone advise me about how to develop a template that would render to a 
valid style sheet when the document is saved as a web page? At least if we 
could provide a template that generates reasonable code we could perhaps 
reduce (though not eliminate) accessibility problems arising from use of badly 
designed templates. I have tried to validate the style sheets created from a 
sample of web pages created in this way and the CSS validator reported error 
messages that the code needed to be first validated using an html validator. I 
tried using Tidy to clean up the code first but that did not completely 
resolve the problem.

Is there any way of getting Word to generate CSS layout instead of using the 
table method by creating a custom Word template? The academics using Word have 
no knowledge of html coding so asking them to hard code to get the desired 
result is out of the question. Regrettably, that is the reason they are 
resorting to using Word in the first place.

Any experts in Word 2000 out there who can help a novice Word user like 
myself?????? Any advice will be very welcome. Thanks.


Dr Denise L Wood
Lecturer: Professional Development (online teaching and learning)
University of South Australia
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