Option 3: Import in text-based editor
The text-based format is quite similar to a Word
document. You can therefore automatically import a word document and have it converted into this text-based format. This means your text is converted to Markdown
(a human friendly HTML shorthand
), including the footnotes, bold/italic, tables, chapter headings etc.... How well this goes, depends how well the document was structured in Word. Since Word is often ambiguous in how it separates structure from formatting of text, it will require some editing to remove mistakes in the translation from Word->Markdown. If you are interested to try this, it would be good to just give it a try and contact me
if you run into issues. The text-based editor is documented here
. Text-based expositions can also still be converted back into PDF.
- easy to extend your text with inline video/audio media.
- proper web format (will adopt to screen size, looks better in my opinion).
- styling and typography can be adjusted afterwards for the whole document at once using CSS.
- writing in markdown let's you concentrate on the text and not get distracted by the formatting (you can tweak that after you finish your text.)
- The translation from Word to Markdown is never perfect due to ambiguous Word formatting.
- styling/formatting will be simplified.
- after importing, it makes more sense to keep working in Markdown & not Word, otherwise you would have to convert again (which is very time-consuming). But you can simply “append” new chapters from Word, since imported content does not overwrite what is there already.