HTML muddle

Graham Samuel livfoss at mac.com
Wed Feb 18 12:39:38 EST 2015


Curry, that’s really interesting: I just tried it and of course it works, but I can’t quite see what’s happening inside LC. I mean, I can select the field within my stack which has the formatted text in it, copy it and paste it into Word, and bingo! it looks the same. There is no obvious sign that Word thinks it was formatted in HTML. So despite it being slightly mysterious, it does the job. Wonderful, thanks! Previously I’d taken the raw HTML text and tried to paste it into Word and then tell Word that I wanted it interpreted as HTML, but it turns out there is no way of doing this (well, I couldn’t find one). This is not too well explained in the LC documentation IMHO.

Anyway thanks again.

BTW this was on a Mac using Word 2008 12.3.6 onYosemite 10.10.2 if anyone wants to know.

Graham

> On 18 Feb 2015, at 15:03, Curry Kenworthy <curry at pair.com> wrote:
> 
> 
> Graham Samuel:
> 
> > I have a fairly elaborately formatted field (say ‘myFormattedText) -
> > coloured text, different fonts, styles and sizes.
> ...
> > I can’t see how I can edit the original text in situ during the
> > development process: so I am reduced to editing the raw html in the
> > ‘myText’ field, which is painful because I haven’t got an editor
> > which will edit the html while displaying it in its final form.
> 
> You can edit a document in a word processor, and then get the content into your field, without even worrying about HTML in particular. Here are some methods:
> 
> 1. Copy in Word (or another WP or RTE) and paste into LC field.
> 
> 2. Import Word with WordLib. That handles images too, tables and footnotes, etc.
> 
> 3. Import RTF with LC.
> 
> 4. Edit with the FieldTrip demo stack (on LC 5.5 or 6.x) and copy, then paste into your LC field.
> 
> (A couple of bugs in LC 7 affected FieldTrip, and FT is also largely a mobile GUI, so it's being updated for the changes in LC 7/8 and iOS 7/8, the options for interface looks that people need, plus some other things that people want to do with it. There will be a new version soon. But you can still edit text with the old version using pre LC 7, and then copy and paste into any LC version, or use the htmltext.)
> 
> FT demo stack: <http://curryk.com/FieldTrip-Beta-1a.zip>
> 
> But simply copying the text from Word and pasting into LC is probably the easiest method, and doesn't require anything but LC and a word processor. (Doesn't require any of my stuff!) :)
> 
> I'm not sure copy/paste works in every platform and setup, but I tried it just now with Word 2007 on Win 7 and LC 7.01 and it worked well to preserve the text styling such as font, size, color, bgcolor, simple bullets, and all the bold italic underline strike super sub.
> 
> If copy/paste doesn't handle everything in your document or doesn't work on your setup, you could try WordLib.
> 
> Or use one of the non-CSS HTML editors that other people listed; those are great too.
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Curry Kenworthy
> -- 
> WordLib: Import MS Word and OpenOffice documents
> http://curryk.com/wordlib.html
> 
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