Web Publishing for Genealogy

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Word-Processors & Other Applications


Web editing is now an essential requirement for many people who work with electronic documents, so all recent versions of software used in document creation, including word-processors, desktop publishers, databases, etc., include Web publishing facilities as standard.

The advantage of using a word-processor rather than an editor to create Web page is that while you still need to have general familiarity with the typical components of a Web page, you do not actually need to remember the tags and how to use them correctly. Also, of course, this is much the easiest way to convert existing word-processed documents into Web pages: you simply open the file, and you can immediately save it as a Web page, without further ado.

Unfortunately, these are not always entirely satisfactory tools for one main reason: they may make decisions for you about certain aspects of the page, which it may be hard to alter - Microsoft Word, for example, reproduces to the millimetre the exact size and spacing of every cell in a table in a way which can be a nightmare to modify.

Still, as a quick way of preparing existing documents for the Web, these tools can be very useful.

Databases & Spreadsheets

A word-processor may seem the obvious general-purpose tool for Web authoring, but if you have data stored in a recent version of one of the main spreadsheet or database programs, you should find you are able to create Web pages from these, too. This means you can create pages of parish register entries, indexes, etc. directly from your database or spreadsheet (see above).

From Database to Web Page

From Database to Web Page: Behind is a database query (find all the Christian marriages in Sussex) run in an Access database. In front is the Web page that was created via Access's "Save as HTML" feature.

Naturally, these tend to be more limited in their Web facilities than word-processors and are really intended only for highly structured information such as tables rather than for general page layout, so you will probably want to edit pages subsequently in a word-processor or HTML editor to improve their appearance.

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