Saturday, 24 April 2004

EDIT/UPDATE: After originally posting this, I was able to work around and resolve the problem. By reducing the formatting being done both in OneNote and Word/Outlook during HTML conversion, I was able to get a relatively normal blog entry to work the way I expected. It is posted here.

Before I get too far into this, let me say that the OneNote Service Pack 1 Preview is, for al intents and purposes, awesome. Keep in mind I am trying to do something with OneNote (specifically blogging) that it was not really built to do. Plus, it’s a preview release, so no one can expect perfection.

Anyhow - OneNote SP1 Preview didn’t quite format my test blog entry in a way I was hoping, so I need to play with it and see what’s up. I’ve tried two posts, and the first one was definitely the worst of the two, but the second one was only somewhat better. Unfortunately, for some reason OneNote decides on its own to convert text into graphics. Not so good:

Second try resulted in a smaller mess, but still not workable At least most (but not all) of the typed text was formatted as text in the second try. In the first one, 95% of the text was converted to a graphical format:

So, time to figure out how to change the behavior!

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Saturday, 24 April 2004 13:03:42 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
What were the particular settings you had to change to get the post to look OK?
Sunday, 25 April 2004 21:00:35 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I edited Word's settings where you can specify the amount of Office HTML junk it puts in there. I set it to minimal. In Word 2003:

Tools>Options>General>Email Options>General - HTML Filtering set to "High" and do not rely on CSS.

At least it seemed to help. Also, I recreated the OneNote section/page by copying and pasting teh text from the original page to another one. I think (based on email from one of the OneNote developers at MSFT) that because I put ink on the OneNote page, the program converted the text to try to maintain layout.

At any rate, it tok a few tries, and the rule seems to be that ink shoudl not be too close to text blocks, since that is when the text-to-graphics conversion takes place.
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