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   RE: [xml-dev] Re: Are the publishing users happy? Why not?

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FWIW: Maybe you should be using Cut/Paste-Special, and then just paste in as
plain text.  MS-Word has a nasty habit of thinking for you, and if you cut
from a web page or another Word document with a different style sheet, you
get too many tags.

Pasting as plain text lets you quickly apply the style for your document,
and poof, problems go away.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:jonathan.robie@datadirect-technologies.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 10:02 AM
To: Gavin Thomas Nicol; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Re: Are the publishing users happy? Why not?

At 11:30 AM 2/18/2003 -0500, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
>The main thing is that if people use fonts (and hopefully styles)
>consistently, you can work with the data. There are reasonable, and
>conversion tools that can work with that as a basis.

When I write a document from scratch, I do. The first thing I ever did with
XML was to convert a Microsoft Word manual I had written, and after
automatic conversion, there were about a hundred errors in 400 pages.

But when I cut and paste from many sources into a single document, my
formats all get messed up. And if my XML depends on my formats, I have to
get the formatting right before I can convert cleanly. For me, it's easier
to just write it using text in the first place, but we're all angle-bracket
geeks here. Most authors don't think like we do.

FWIW, after insisting that I use Microsoft Word, a publisher is also
telling me I have to make sure, by hand, that I am following all the
guidelines that an XML editor would have enforced for me....and I've done a
*lot* of cutting and pasting to create this document from various other
things I had written....


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