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Images Tab

Images Tab of DocToHtml Converter Options Dialog

Save images—this checkbox determines whether to process images. Checking it will enable specific image-conversion settings.

Output format can be one of the following: GIF, JPEG, or PNG. These are the most popular image formats for the Web.

JPEG quality—this drop-down listbox lets you specify the relative quality of output images in the JPEG format, as a percentage. For the smallest file size and worse image quality, set it at 5%; for the largest file size and best image quality, at 100%.

Process floating images—this checkbox determines whether to convert floating images into inline images. DocToHtml can convert only inline images into web pages, so all floating images must be converted into inline ones before they can be used in the resulting HTML code.

Custom filenames—if checked, this checkbox lets you redefine the image naming rule. For details, read the Output Filenames help topic.

Please note that DocToHtml modifies only the in-memory copy of the input document. If you click the DocToHtml toolbar button from within MS Word, DocToHtml will reopen the saved input document in MS Word when the conversion is complete. If you are using the stand-alone batch converter, it will open all input documents in read-only mode only. It means that the original files are never modified, and any changes made to their in-memory copies are discarded after completing the conversion and closing the input document. So regardless of DocToHtml settings, don’t worry about the integrity of your original documents.

Floating images differ from inline ones in that the former can be positioned on the page independently of the surrounding text. When you select a floating image, the anchor symbol is displayed on the left. However, inline images are built into the text stream and treated as a special case of letter shapes, and their position on the page is determined by their position in text stream. To change the type of an image, select it, and then select “Format Picture” in the popup menu. The “Wrapping style” parameter on the Layout Tab determines whether the image will be treated as inline (the “In line with text” option) or floating (all other options). Please note that this behavior applies to MS Word 2003; other Word versions might have a slightly different interface.

Resize images—this checkbox, if checked, enables the resizing mode, in which DocToHtml will use a high-quality bicubic interpolation algorithm to scale images to the specified size. Using this option might slow down the conversion, so it’s advisable to use it only if the size of the images generated with this option turned off does not fit your purposes. Note: This option cannot enhance the actual image resolution. It is intended primarily to reduce the image size in order to minimize the downloading time. So it makes sense to set the scaling value to something less than 100%. Setting it to more than 100% will not improve the quality of an image but will only increase its dimensions and file size, so there is no much sense in doing that. Actually, the possibility to set a scale of more that 100% is just pro forma. If you prefer better image quality regardless of file size, please use the scaling images before option instead.

Use values reported by Word instead of actual image size—if this option is turned on, the values for the width and height attributes will be obtained from MS Word, not derived from the actual image. It make sense to turn this option on when the actual size of the image and that displayed by MS Word are close enough, so that you can leave the original image as is rather than rescaling it.

Insert <br> tag before and after every image—this checkbox may be useful when you have a lot of big inline images. MS Word is smart enough to insert soft line breaks before and after inline images as needed, so that the page content with inline images fits into the horizontal page space. However, if some web browser cannot do that, a horizontal scroll bar will be displayed. To prevent the annoyance, turn this option on.

Use alternative approach to saving images—checking this checkbox will force DocToHtml to use MS Word’s built-in image converter. That might improve the quality of output images if it is too low. Note that if this option is turned on, the conversion might be slightly slower because of multiple read/write operations on temporary files.

Scale before—this checkbox and the spinbox to the right of it let you set the scaling value for images to be scaled before saving, relative to the original image size, as a percentage. You can use this option to enlarge vector images without any quality loss. You can also use it if the original document contains downscaled images, and you want to restore their original size for the output (X)HTML document.