Chapter W2 Publishing Documents on the World Wide Web
Modifying or Updating Published HTML Documents
Instead of revising published HTML documents, WordPerfect’s approach is to focus on the
original WordPerfect document. Because you’re working with the original, you have much
greater control over the editing process. You then republish the document to HTML,
replacing the earlier HTML version. For most of us, this is the easiest and most easily
However, in some cases, you might need to tweak your published HTML document by
inserting custom HTML code. For example, you might want to give the document a special
background, or wallpaper, which you can’t do from within WordPerfect.
To modify the code of an HTML document, open it in a plain-text editor, such as Windows
Notepad, or in a specialized HTML editor such as Dreamweaver. Make the necessary
changes and save the file.
If you’ve already published your Web page before and are merely updating it, and if the
page’s graphic images haven’t changed, you don’t need to transfer the images again to
the Web server.
If you make changes to a published HTML document using another program, such
changes will be lost if you then use WordPerfect to edit the original WordPerfect docu-
ment and republish it.
In earlier versions of WordPerfect, you could open HTML documents and edit them in
WordPerfect. The design of WordPerfect X3 makes this impractical, because the special for-
matting styles used in such documents sometimes do not translate well back to WordPerfect.
For example, original automatic features, such as outline numbering or table formulas, are
lost. Nevertheless, WordPerfect does do a fairly good job of converting primarily text-based
documents, preserving most fonts and formatting.
Publishing to PDF
HTML-based Web pages are still the most common method of publishing and viewing Web
documents. However, other options do exist for getting your documents out to the world.
WordPerfect includes two of these: publishing to PDF and using Extensible Markup
Language (XML). Publishing to PDF is becoming increasingly common and can be per-
formed right from within WordPerfect.
For information on using XML in WordPerfect, see Chapter W3, “Working with XML Documents,”
Adobe’s PDF, or Portable Document Format, is the process by which you create documents
that exactly match the original in terms of layout, fonts, and special effects. Readers can view