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What Are the Best Tips for Going from HTML to RTF?

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The task of converting web pages from HTML to RTF can be accomplished with conversion software or by manually typing code into a web page editing program. Converting hypertext markup language (HTML) to rich text format (RTF) is best suited for information from web pages that needs to be sent in electronic documents or stored on a local computer. RTF can be manipulated into a form that resembles a word processing document and used to create documents that will be recognized by scanning applications.

Most web designers wish to convert HTML to RTF because they need to make the website's information more user-friendly. Some online interactive and downloadable forms work better as RTF documents. Website designers who are familiar with HTML coding might find it economical and convenient to convert it to RTF using an HTML editor. Most web browser software allows designers to write and modify HTML code or it can be done within a simple text application that is uploaded to the domain server.

A simple and easy way to convert HTML to RTF is to use automatic conversion software. For web designers who aren't as knowledgeable about HTML code, these applications can open up a wider realm of possibilities. Some of these programs have the capability of converting a comprehensive range of HTML code, including tables, fonts, images, hyperlinks, background colors, and special characters. Most of these programs use a series of commands and options that are presented through a graphical user interface (GUI).

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Since the learning curve for conversion software is relatively flat, its use can be a beneficial way for beginning to intermediate website designers to become acquainted with code options. Conversion applications are relatively inexpensive and can also increase design efficiency and eliminate the need to write out tedious strings of HTML code. Small business owners who may need to regularly convert HTML to RTF will also find conversion applications to be a more efficient way to transfer information.

The decision to convert HTML to RTF should be based around functional need. Even though conversion applications allow the process to be more efficient and streamlined, there needs to be a practical reason for the conversion. Some users need to manipulate information from a website so that it can be used in other types of documents and presentation software. Others may need to send that information in a more suitable electronic form, such as an e-mail or fax.

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