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Chapter 9. Working with External Documents > Using External Documents

Using External Documents

First, let’s define our terms. For the purpose of this chapter, I’m calling a document that isn’t created in Contribute, and isn’t an HTML page, an external document. That’s because when you attempt to edit these documents in Contribute, the program hands off the editing job to another application and refers to this task as Editing Documents in External Applications. You’ve already seen some of this external editing with image files in Chapter 5, “Working with Images,” when Contribute called upon Macromedia Fireworks as an external image editor to modify a graphic.

Contribute for Windows can directly import the contents of a Word or Excel document and turn it into an HTML page. Contribute for Macintosh can copy and paste the contents of an open Word or Excel document into a draft page. On both platforms, Contribute can upload a copy of the document to your Web site and create a link to it. See the “Linking to Local Files” section in Chapter 6 for more information about linking and uploading files. When visitors select the link, their Web browser downloads the file, which then needs to be opened in Word or Excel.


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