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RE: Dreamweaver config file - MS Word to HTML


From: Paul Bohman
Date: Jul 25, 2002 3:02PM

You cannot force Dreamweaver to always insert a doctype no matter what.
If you create a file in another program and then open it in HTML,
Dreamweaver preserves the code as it is. Most of the time, this is
advantageous. No one wants software to mess with their work. You want to
have control over it. You can either copy and paste the doctype from
another document, or you can use one of the free Dreamweaver extensions
to insert a doctype (you still have to tell it to insert the doctype, it
won't do it automatically, but you don't have to copy and paste or
memorize the doctype). Dreamweaver extensions are available through
Macromedia's web site. Go to
er then perform a search for "doctype". There are currently four
different utilities that can do this.

Paul Bohman
Technology Coordinator
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind)
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Waters [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 7:03 PM
Subject: Dreamweaver config file - MS Word to HTML

It was very helpful to learn from the WebAIM site about how to change
the Dreamweaver config file to include the DOC type tag. I notice,
though, that the config file changes apply only when I open a new file
from File, New in Dreamweaver. When I convert an MS Word document to
HTML (File, Export to Compact HTML, then Start, Programs, Microsoft
Office Tools, Microsoft Office HTML Filter 2.0) , then open the HTML
file in Dreamweaver, the changes I've made to the Dreamweaver config
file haven't been applied.

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to work around this

Thanks very much.

Mary Waters
Distance Lear