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For the foreseeable future, much of what is done for the Web will be written and even composed with tools designed for print, whether they be word processors or page makeup programs. As a result, we'll need tools that convert from these print-centric source files to Web formats.
For the past year, several software developers have targeted the conversion of print-oriented documents to Web formats. There are the free add-ons to existing authoring/makeup tools; typically these convert documents one at a time, and, in an effort to make the process automatic, without much control over the result. A year ago at this show we noted the emergence of "HTML grinders," tools that convert batches of word processing files and give you much more control over the conversion process. Two exhibitors were InfoAccess and Ntergaid.
At this year's event, Ntergaid didn't exhibit, but InfoAccess introduced version 2 of Html Transit, an upgrade that reflects the product's use in the field. New developments included two products for converting Quark Xpress documents into html: CyberPress from Extensis and HexWeb XT 2.2. We also looked at Myrmidon, a conversion product that attempts to work as a print driver, but needs considerable improvement before we'd …