As anyone who’s ever tried to go from a Word document to the web can tell you, Microsoft Word outputs some of the most hideous and bloated HTML you’re ever going to see. So what’s a standards savvy developer to do when the client hands off a fifty page Word document with the instructions, “put this on the site?”
It turns out there are some better ways to get your word documents into snappy, relatively cruft-free HTML without resorting to hand coding. Productivity Portfolio has a few suggestions, including the ever-popular, make-Gmail-do-it-for-you technique. In other words, just e-mail yourself the Word doc and then use Gmail’s “View As HTML” option to generate some much better looking code than the standard Word output.
The most recent beta releases of Firefox 3 on the Mac have one annoying quirk — dragging a Jpeg image to the desktop from the browser results in the file’s extension being renamed. Instead of saving a jpg, you’ve got a jfif.
Jfif is the umbrella image format under which Jpg exists, but most applications can’t understand or open Jfif files. This issue will be resolved in a couple of weeks when Firefox 3′s code is finalized. Until then, you have to manually rename each and every Jfif, changing the extension to Jpeg in order to use them.
But why use the Finder when you can use Mac OS X’s Automator? This set of instructions was posted to the Mozilla support forums by an unregistered user named Kory. We’ve tried it and it works.
With Wednesday’s introduction of a whole new developer API for YouTube, the site is continuing to offer some cutting-edge tools for independent video publishers. But many producers are still wary of using the site for any serious serving because of the relatively low video quality.
What many people are unaware of is the fact that YouTube is stepping up the quality of its videos. Select videos on the site are already available in 480×360
resolution — not HD, but better than the old 320×240
format. And sure, the videos still look compressed, but they aren’t nearly as crunchy and "Jpeggy" as their lower-quality brethren.
Also, YouTube isn’t serving the higher quality videos by default. You have to know how and where to find them. We’ve published a simple guide to getting better quality videos on YouTube at Wired’s How-To wiki. It’s remarkably easy. Check it out, and if you have extra advice, log in and add it to the wiki.