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how migrate from office documents to modern web technologies based documents

Discussion in 'HTML & Website Design' started by PackElend, Sep 8, 2018.

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    Currently, all documentation is based on MS office. This makes it quite challenging if you want to integrate some functionality. Then you have either the option to go with VBA or VSTO. First is not that comfortable, second could be like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
    Simple things like simple controls, hiding text or basic maths can be easily realized by HTML.

    So I would need an HTML text processor what focus on content (text) and allow me to add interactivity when I need it. That means switching to source code or showing additional panels only on request so that the author can focus on the textual content (A more programming familiar person would do the formatting/interactivity).
    In the long term, I want to have the ability to integrate things like SQLite and API calls.
    In addition, the output has to be in a single file otherwise it isn't portable in a practical way and users (who only fill in data) won't accept it.
    I conduct some research and figured there isn't an all-in-one solution instead there are several options to meet some of my requirements.
    I wonder which is best to realize my long-term goals.

    HTML5 offline app
    It looks like that I either develop an offline HTML5 app what is well explained well, e.g. here:
    1. Offline web applications: a working example
    2. Tutorial: How to make an offline HTML5 web app, FT style
    3. Creating HTML5 Offline Web Applications
    4. How to Build an Offline Single-page Website
    5. plus some background information on Single page apps in depth

    markdown
    The content could be generated in a markdown editor as recommended in What's a good, auto-saving, WYSIWYG HTML word processor? or just simple convert office documents to html5.

    HTML editor / site designer
    Alternatively, I could use an HTML editor or and visual site designer
    but the selection isn't exactly a small one for me to choose from.
    I found some help in:

    1. Battle of the Text Editors: Atom, Sublime & Brackets
    2. 26 Tools and Frameworks for HTML-based Desktop and Web App Interfaces
    3. Free HTML Editors: The 16 Best for Web Developers on Windows
    4. or even simpler for the standard office user: GrapesJS - Next generation tool for building templates without coding

    single file website (app)
    In my understanding there is still the problem that the output won't be a single file, will it?
    I could make use of the archive formats but there aren't supported by all applications as well explained on What's the best “file format” for saving complete web pages (images, etc.) in a single archive?.
    That could work if I do only simple things and integrated media object as Base64 encoded objects but it comes with the disadvantage of large overhead.

    Desktop web apps
    If I want to realize more complex things I would need to develop desktop apps using HTML/CSS/JavaScript but once again the selection is little as you can see in How to develop Desktop Apps using HTML/CSS/JavaScript? .
    I haven't found anything yet telling me if I can deploy a desktop web app as a single file.

    A4 layout
    The layout would be realized on the information given in How to make an HTML Page in A4 paper size page(s)?

    HTML to office
    For the transition phase, it would be nice to be able to transfer HTML to e.g. docx. Some options are mentioned in the references below:
    1. How to convert HTML file to word?
    2. Convert html to docx using pandoc
    3. html-docx-js
    4. Convert Html to Docx in c#
    So how shall I proceed?
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    Last edited: Sep 9, 2018
    PackElend, Sep 8, 2018 IP
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