Re: Seeking intelligent document references

Michael S. Lorrey (
Mon, 08 Feb 1999 09:45:19 -0500

Billy Brown wrote:

> Michael Wiik wrote:
> > I'm looking for references to web sites/books/etc that discuss using
> > popular word processing systems (MS Word 97 in particular) to create
> > 'intelligent documents', perhaps using template construction, etc to
> > make an organization's word processed output readily convertible to HTML
> > and/or other formats. Something that goes beyond 'looks good when
> > printed' to 'becomes a permanent and re-purposeable part of the
> > enterprise's knowledge base'..
> Word 2000 (currently in beta) supports HTML as an alternative file format -
> you can move documents back and forth between Word's native format and HTML
> at will (the new version of Excel also has this feature). I suppose you
> could do macro programming to do the same thing, but it would take months to
> get it all working reliably - waiting for the upgrade is probably the
> fastest solution.

I'm using Word97 right now and I can set the text styles to that of an HTML page, and I can save and edit it as HTML. As for intelligent documents, setting up a layout masterpage, then creating a template that uses a dialog form based input macro is quite possible in any recent version of Word. The only thin I'm not sure about is setting Word up to save as HTML as the default format.