Never mind the why and wherefore, here is a quick rundown of what I’m trying to do. Any suggestions that might point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
I’ve got a large block of text in a Word document that I am about to import into a database. Certain segments of the text should be boldfaced, italicized, etc., and are correctly formatted when the process begins. Since the result will be displayed as a webpage, I can insert HTML coding, which is what I normally do. But it’s a tedious process, pasting formatting codes at the beginning and end of each little segment. Is there a way to have Word do this for me automatically, without inserting all of the other crap that normally comes up when Word “webifies” the whole document?
Just as an example, here’s the method I’m currently using.
- Use search and replace to identify all italicized text in the document and color it red for easier identification.
- Go through the document manually and type an open bracket at the beginning of each italicized segment and a closed bracket at the end of each. There may be hundreds of these.
- Use search and replace to swap each open bracket for “<i>” and each closed bracket with “</i>”.
- Copy and paste text into database form.