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Text Boxes Tab


Text Boxes Tab of DocToHtml Converter Options Dialog

This tab determines which properties of the inline text frames will be converted.

First of all, make sure to turn on the “Convert Inline Text Frames to (X)HTML <DIV> tags” option if you want to get actual <DIV> blocks in the output document. When this option is on, you can specify the formatting attributes of text blocks to be preserved. Some properties depend on others. For example, preserving the horizontal position in some cases requires specifying the width and margins of the generated DIV. So it is safer just to enable all these options.

Currently DocToHtml does not save the vertical position, because there is no HTML equivalent of the way MS Word specifies it.

However, the program tries to preserve the Horizontal position and the Text Wrapping mode whenever possible. Text Wrapping will work correctly only if you have set the Horizontal position to Left or Right, like in the screenshot below. (The screenshot was taken in MS Word 2003. Other Word versions may display a slightly different dialog).

Format Frame MS Word dialog

Text Wrapping will not work with any other value of Horizontal Position, because HTML 4.01 (as well as XHTML 1.0) doesn’t provide any way to specify the both-side text-wrapping display mode. To correctly align DIVs, in many cases the width attribute must also be set to Exactly a certain value.

The Auto Width and Auto Height options relate to the case when the Width and Height attributes were set to Auto in the above MS Word 2003 dialog. In this case, DocToHtml will use the min-width and min-height attributes to specify the actual values of the current width and height.

Convert Text Boxes to inline text frames before conversion—this option lets you also convert floating Text Boxes. If it is turned on, the effect will be the same as from clicking the “Convert To Frame...” button in the Format Text Box dialog opened from MS Word’s Format->Text Box menu.

Convert To Frame MS Word button

Convert Header and Footer—this option determines whether DocToHtml will process the Header and Footer areas (text boxes at the top and at the bottom of each page, respectively). They will be converted to DIVs with the HEADER and FOOTER IDs, respectively.

Do not include default Header and Footer styles—this option, located at the bottom of the Tab, lets you omit the default style specification for the Header and Footer blocks from the generated CSS code (if you prefer to use your own style).