Using "Get HTML" feature

I need to upload existing HTML into a Freeway web page. Are there step-by-step directions for doing this?

I downloaded HTML from an existing site using Fetch. I have all the files, but when I try to use the “Get HTML” feature, I cannot upload any files.

I work at a college that paid a web designer to create a very simple site. I have been tasked with downloading the HTML from that site into a web page editor so I can maintain it. Recreating the site from scratch is not an option. I chose to use Freeway Pro for the task because of the Get HTML feature.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.


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The “Get HTML” feature is so … iffy, that the default answer to your question is almost always “rebuild it” because there’s so much extra work involved rebuilding is typically the path of least resistance, believe it or not. If rebuilding it is truly not an option then try something like Flux that does the WYSIWYG thing but also has an editor feature and makes the import aspect a much friendlier proposition.

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I concur with Todd here. Freeway is not a good choice for using preexisting html. If you already familiar with html editing then I would stick with a dedicated html editor in this scenario.


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Or if you want a steep learning curve then Dreamweaver.

If as you say it is a ‘very simple site’ then it really should be straightforward to rebuild in FW and there is an article in the Knowledgebase on how to go about it.

If you can point us to the site in question we can probably offer some advice on its recreation.

David


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Hello Dave, Chuck and Todd. Thank you much for the replies.

The web address is Southwestern College : Chula Vista, California


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So if I have this right there is an entry page and 3 sections each with 6 or 7 pages.

Each of the sections has a common header - so 3 master pages.

None of these pages are difficult to recreate as long as you get the 3 Master pages (1 for each section) done.

The text can all be copied straight from the HTML pages viewed in your Browser - pasted into a plain text editore to clean it up/remove formatting then repasted into the FW page.

The trick is to create your styles before you start laying out the pages and the ones used here are straightforward enough.

This is not a difficult task - even for a relative newcomer to FW but well worth reading the article in the Knowledgebase http://www.softpress.com/kb/questions/40/Fast+Way+to+Recreate+a+Website

And dont be afraid to shout if you need help but you will need to familiarise yourself with FW first - try some of the tutorials but you will not (at this stage) require any of the fancier features such as Rollovers etc. Probably the only action you will need is the Link to PDF.

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Thanks Dave. I think I am up to the challenge. I really appreciate you taking the time to help me with this issue.

R


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1st tool (before FW) in your armoury is a good text editor. Textwrangler is free Bare Bones Software | TextWrangler is now BBEdit -- and still free! It's time to switch.

Use it in ‘plain text’ mode to copy all the text out of your individual web pages into separate text files - you will be pasting back out of TW into FW.

If you copy via the browser you will not get any of the HTML that is unnecessary to you.

Look at the tutorials on creating styles and then look at the existing web pages to see how many different styles there are - there aren’t many.

Create these styles in FW so that they are a 1 click apply to selected text once you have that text in the FW page.

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If you have the css style sheet as a separate file you could import that within Freeway and save yourself a little time. There is a gotcha going this route if the original css has a lot of extended attributes which Freeway will basically ignore. They can be added back in using the Extended feature of the Style Editor but you have to be aware of the process and how it works.

And there is Max’s Script Action Set that can help with this also although it may be a bit overkill in your situation.


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