Can I use Word for web authoring?

Q: Can I use Word as a Web Authoring tool?

A: Although Microsoft Word supports the creation of web pages, many problems may arise when Word is used as a web authoring tool including:

  • Adding “extra” and unnecessary code "behind" the page (this coding is used to make a Word document appear to be a web page).
  • Making larger files, which load more slowly
  • Increasing difficulties with editing and formatting due to aforementioned unnecessary coding
  • Increasing problems viewing pages in browsers other than Internet Explorer

Information Technology staff suggests avoiding using Word whenever possible to create/edit web pages. Use a standard web authoring tool such as Expression Web, DreamWeaver, or GoLive.