*** Office 2000/ WebCT users beware...*** 

RE: MS Office

You may experience problems converting Office 2000 documents to HTML for use within WebCT. Some of these problems stem from the fact that whenever you use Office 2000's new "save as web page" functionality (in MS Word, PowerPoint or Excel, for example), Office adds some XML tags within the HTML code.

Most of the XML tags relate to formatting instructions used by MS products and are considered unnecessary within "standard" HTML code. These XML tags can sometimes cause parsing problems with WebCT when used in Netscape. In many instances of trying to use MS Word 2000, images will not appear, once uploaded to WebCT. The new versions of Word 2002/XP now come with this filter built in. Alternately, if the filter is not available for use, one could run the files through Dreamweaver MX or a third-party cleaner such as Tidy.

RE: MS Word

If you really want to use MS Word as your HTML editor, Microsoft has released an update for MS Office that allows you to filter out these XML tags and export relatively clean HTML. The update and instructions on how to use the filter are included here, by MSU:


RE: MS PowerPoint

Be aware that PowerPoint 2000's "save as web page" functionality uses proprietary tags that work only with Internet Explorer ** unless** one follows these steps:

These steps will result in a web-based document that can be accessed by both Netscape and Internet Explorer.

1. In PowerPoint 2000, select "Save as Web Page..." but DO NOT save it.

2. Instead, there is a "Publish..." button in the middle of the file dialog box. Click on this button and it will allow you to set options that cannot be set via the usual Web Options preference panel. The "Web options" panel is located under Tools, then Options, General tab, then Web Options. Here you can set the colors, fonts and screen navigation

3. Under "Browser Support" select the middle option "Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator 3.0 or later". This creates a file set much like PowerPoint 97 but without all of the extras that PowerPoint 2000 wants to add. It is recommended you 'publish' to a new folder on your personal computer. Under Web Options, do NOT select "Organize
supporting files in a folder" since you have created a separate folder for each presentation.

4. The "Page title" you set in the publish dialog box will become the HTML <title> tag and will be picked up by WebCT as the title for the presentation.

5. Once "published", zip all of the files in this local folder and upload the zip file to its own folder in WebCT. Then (from within WebCT) unzip it and add the index file to my WebCT path. The index file will be the file name you gave the presentation when you published it. Be sure to upload the index file and the zipped presentation folder separately
(do not zip the index file in with the supporting files).

Note that the Univ of Manitoba provides more detailed PPT 2000 instructions, along with screen shots, here:

Note: one could upload the index file and the supporting files without zipping them, but would have to upload each of the supporting files (which would be a big pain) to the folder.