MsoNormal – What the Heck is Microsoft Doing with HTML?

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&lt;!--
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    {font-family:"Cambria Math";
    panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4;
    mso-font-charset:0;
    mso-generic-font-family:roman;
    mso-font-pitch:variable;
    mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1107304683 0 0 159 0;}
@font-face
    {font-family:Calibri;
    panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;
    mso-font-charset:0;
    mso-generic-font-family:swiss;
    mso-font-pitch:variable;
    mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1073750139 0 0 159 0;}
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    {mso-style-unhide:no;
    mso-style-qformat:yes;
    mso-style-parent:"";
    margin-top:0in;
    margin-right:0in;
    margin-bottom:10.0pt;
    margin-left:0in;
    line-height:115%;
    mso-pagination:widow-orphan;
    font-size:11.0pt;
    font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
    mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;
    mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}
a:link, span.MsoHyperlink
    {mso-style-priority:99;
    color:blue;
    text-decoration:underline;
    text-underline:single;}
a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed
    {mso-style-noshow:yes;
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    color:purple;
    mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink;
    text-decoration:underline;
    text-underline:single;}
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    {mso-style-type:export-only;
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@page Section1
    {size:8.5in 11.0in;
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    mso-header-margin:.5in;
    mso-footer-margin:.5in;
    mso-paper-source:0;}
div.Section1
    {page:Section1;}
--&gt;
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If you’ve done any website design at all, or even supported updating content for some of your clients, you’re probably familiar with how Microsoft Word can really mess with your source code if you just copy and paste from a Word Document into your HTML page.

I was helping my brother try and fix some HTML issues he was experiencing with some ExactTarget template messages earlier this afternoon.

As I jumped into the HTML source to see what was going on I saw the chunk of code I inserted above.

Can you believe all of that? There was absolutely nothing special in the code that was being done aside from standard text formatting on size and bold.

What in the world?

That’s a pretty good illustration of why tools like Dreamweaver have an option to “Clean Up Word HTML”

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  • http://www.thecodecave.com Brian Layman

    And WordPress too. Now you understand why we don’t recommend pasting in from Word without using that function.

    Microsoft started doing stuff like this way back in 95 with their first FrontPage release. You would have thought with everyone being on dial up they would have wanted to optimize the site source a bit, but obviously, that was not foremost in their plans.

  • http://www.thecodecave.com Brian Layman

    test (please ignore)

  • Nan

    I came searching for info on MsoNormal because it showed up in my spell checker when I was forwarding an email story with a picture and sound. I cannot see it anyplace in the email so I was wondering if it was malicious and likely to cause problems. I am NOT a programmer so even after reading the above posts,
    I am still not sure! I don’t know how to get to the “source code” and if I did tamper with it, I would no doubt “fix” it beyond repair!
    Any advice for this simple minded seeker?

  • http://www.microsoftweblog.com Jason Bean

    Nan, the key is pretty much don’t ever cut and paste anything out of Microsoft Word or any other Microsoft program and paste it into a form that accepts HTML code. Anything like an online email message.

  • Nan

    So this means I shouldn’t be writing in Microsoft WORKS and doing a copy and paste onto eBay and emails as I have been doing? What software do you suggest using instead? I guess I have to plead guilty to contributing a lot of trash code! My boss is in the process of upgrading his commercial website and I think he has been doing this also.
    Thanks for your postings!

  • http://www.microsoftweblog.com Jason Bean

    I either do one or a couple of different things. If I do have something written in a Microsoft Word program that I want to paste into a web form, I’ll paste it into Notepad first, then copy it from there and paste it into the web form. If I don’t do that, then I don’t use Word or anything to type up my original posts.

  • http://www.taxadvicenetwork.co.uk Mark Lee

    Thanks for this – at least I now know I can ignore all that rubbish that I’ve spotted gets copied when I cut and paste.

  • http://penalba.info Rodrigo Penalba

    In WordPress there are two buttons to control how you paste MS Word text.

    They do look like the regular PASTE button, but the first one has a TXT icon next to it. It opens a pop-up window and let’s you paste any MS Word text as just text, even respecting existing breaklines.

    The second button is for pasting MS Word texts, and maintains all the format coming from MS Word, including the evil MSO NORMAL.

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    Use the Paste Options Button on Micrsoft products. Or, paste and cut from any plain text editor (a pretty rare animal outside of NotePad.)

    is the same as