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Chapter 12. Expanding Dreamweaver and Us... > Microsoft Integration Features

Microsoft Integration Features

Microsoft software is ubiquitous, and Macromedia has made some attempts over the years to accommodate that fact. For example, Dreamweaver has had for a long time a command to clean up the overweight HTML that Microsoft Word generates. It has also been possible to download extensions to clean up FrontPage HTML. For the past few versions, Dreamweaver has been able to import tables built from exported Excel spreadsheets (or any other brand of spreadsheet offering basic text file export capability). However, integration with Microsoft's office productivity products has never been a huge selling point for Dreamweaver.

That situation may be slowly changing. Dreamweaver MX 2004 brings an enhanced capability to import HTML from both Word and Excel. The big news here is that when you import such files (assuming you do it just right!), Dreamweaver preserves CSS styles. That is, for example, if you've created some Word styles in your Word document, Dreamweaver rebuilds these styles as internal (embedded) styles when you bring the content into a Dreamweaver document. This capability can dramatically reduce your reformatting time after an import operation. (It does require that you're using Office 2000 or newer, however.)



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