A way to import content from many word documents into htm files

Posted on 2005-04-20
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
Hi, thanks in advance for your help.

I am not sure if there is a way to do this given my setup by hopefully someone will prove me wrong.

I am using frontpage for my websites and I have a lot of content in word documents that I have written in the past that I would like to put online. Ah, but wait there's more.

1. The word documents all have the same template, i.e. a table with many rows (i.e. 1 for title tag, one for meta, one for description, and one for the actual content). The content portion can include for instance 1 or more headlines, bullet formatting, and any combination of formatting really, etc. The title of the word document also corresponds to the title of the htm page that I want to create out of it eventually.
2. I do not want to manually import each of these files by hand as that would take up a lot of time.
3. I prefer to use the .htm file extension and thus this may preclude the use of server side coding (???).

Let's say I have hundreds of these word documents already completed, is there a nice and efficient way in your expert opinion to accomplish this goal? I am open to any ideas. It doesn't have to be a perfect solution but as long as it can save me oodles of time I will be more than grateful. Thanks a lot, I appreciate it.
Question by:frogpad
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    Expert Comment

    any reason you don't want to just open them in word and do a "save as" web page?

    Author Comment

    hi, thanks for your response.

    yes two reason:

    1. I do not want any of the weird Word syntax in the html
    2. I would still have to manually make adjustments ensure that the data is put into the right areas of the site template.

    Since Word and Frontpage are somewhat integrated in terms of being part of the Office family, I was just wondering if there was some automated way to import the content with as little manual configuration as possible. I hope that clarifies. Thanks.
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    Accepted Solution

    The only solution i know of that frontpage has provided is allowing you to setup a sharepoint team services site with document libraries... this just lets you drag in the docs in their original format and then sets them up with a full text index.  They've since released a html viewer that dynamically pumps sharepoint documents into a html format for users that don't have office.

    This isn't what your looking for though.  

    The batch conversion tools I've seen are 3rd party products available at a cost (you can find some of them on google searching for something like: batch convert word html  ).  If your original documents are heavily formatted, you may lose much of this layout in the conversion process.

    Author Comment

    Thanks these are good suggestions, they are very helpful for my current issue.
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    Expert Comment

    glad to help!

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