Publishing on the Fly

So I have decided to use the Microsoft Word to write on WordPress. This way it is very convenient to save a local copy without inconvenient copyright symbols from WP.

After you write your blog in MS Word, click the Office symbol and select “Publish >>> Blog”

Enter your blog information, and Word will store it then for every time you go to publish.

When ready to save your Blog to local file, save it as an .html or .htm. That way, when you are ready to be famous and create a super-fabulous Ebook out of your saved blogs– will not have to convert the files at all.

Why I didn’t do this from the start, is a little complicated. Suppose the biggest reason was that I had no way of knowing if Word would be around in 10 – 20 years. After all, I trained myself on Works and have half my poetry files stored on Works documents.

Sort of turns you off from wanting to save ANY of it.

The other reason is that Word presentations are crammed full of Microsoft CSS. Just to write this one paragraph, there is almost as much code behind the scenes as there are words. In fact very often the CSS makes up the majority of any document.

It’s top-heavy and redundant. The effect of having a programmer that was too thorough and had plenty of time to finish his/her project. But anyway, point is that anything written with Word is obviously written with Word. Used on WordPress, all that extra CSS coding gets published to your blog as well. Why should this worry you?

well CSS depends on FIELDS of operation, in which to carry out their parameters. So writings in a Word document are placed in FIELDS. Which means it takes only one command – to make every bit of it disappear. As in disappear from the display. Not erased from the servers.

But all you need is that field name, and the command to hide it. Hiding the contents of a field used to be not supported in Internet Explorer, but now it is with their adoption of Html 5.

(right about now i can feel readers rolling their eyes and telling me they don’t understand “computer-speak.” Don’t worry, I’m used to it.)

Point is, that I didn’t want to go down that road — coupled with the fact that Word might just disappear in a few years only to be replaced by yet another word-processing program.

But with the arrival of Office 365 and what looks like continued support for future Windows operating systems — Word will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

Might as well make it useful. Now there is a way to remove all that CSS coding from your text before it is published. Or I’m pretty sure there is a way. When and if I find it — will let you know.

With recent developments on the Web, i’m not too worried anymore about hackers making webpages disappear. I once wrote that there must be only one person left working at Microsoft, picking his nose and eating Ding Dongs. Well it looks like they have hired on some new minds and have better management going on.

Proof is in the Pudding — always was.



7 Replies to “Publishing on the Fly”

    1. welcome …. and forgot to mention that a warning will come up that others might ‘see’ login information when publishing. is a formality, would first have to have the specific malware on your computer system to read outgoing data. presence of that warning is more to legally protect MS for the 1/100000000 possibility.

  1. Great article, thank you and KB for re-blogging!
    Does it manage the difference between Microsoft’s idea of the single and double quotes vs the rest of the world’s version of exactly what these characters are?

    1. Just another note…the only way I found to strip most of the CSS meta crap is to paste into Notepad, re-copy and paste that…but even that is not perfect.

      1. ms word document can be saved as an html stripped of the CSS, have to click ‘save as’ and use the drop down to select “Web Page, Filtered” …. but am thinking there is some way to remove it from within the Word program, so that would translate to a cleaner document when published.

        scratch that — Word still saves all the font-info and css on a filtered web page save. going to take a little investigation. could save as text, which is the Notepad — but then are faced with converting that later into html for writing into an Epub file.

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