IN THIS CHAPTER
Publishing as HTML
What's so bad about Word's HTML?
Saving as XML
XML structures, schemas, and transforms
Blogging from Word
This chapter looks at publishing for the web in the form of HTML (hypertext markup language), XML (extensible markup language), and blogging (short for web log, which is a journal published to the web). Of these three, the newest—blogging—is really the only arguably good use of Word's talents.
While Microsoft has put a lot of effort into including HTML and XML in Office and Word, the truth is that there are other programs that are much better at HTML and XML—from an authoring standpoint, from a publishing standpoint, and from a maintenance standpoint. Moreover, Word has rightfully earned a reputation in the HTML world for producing slow and bloated HTML documents that are frankly embarrassing, although there are some things you can do to reduce the bloat, and you'll learn about them in this chapter. At the end of the day, however, if you really need HTML, you need something other than Word—something such as SharePoint Designer, the logical successor to FrontPage, Dreamweaver, or something else.
HTML and XML are endlessly deep subjects about which a great many books have been written. Doing any sort of justice to them is well beyond the scope of the Word 2007 Bible. This chapter will show you the limited tasks for which Word's HTML and XML are well suited, and give you a running start if you want to ...