Any useful instructions (links, tips) I can offer students about how to copy and paste from Word or Notepad to Blackboard and retain the italics and spacing, etc for reference lists?
If so, we are also keen to find solutions to this to support our learners.
What context is this for, Ultra or Learn? I am not sure if this would help but I often show users something like https://htmltidy.net/ or https://wordhtml.com/ where you can paste the text with formatting from word, 'clean it' to produce clean and uncluttered html code and then paste the html code into a Blackboard editor.
I find this this method retains text formatting like bold, italics, numbering and hyperlinks. If you use the remove formatting button in Blackboard editor it removes all of that. Does that help any?
Thanks for the links. Learn version of BB. I will pass that on. Most students don't know how to use these tools.
The remove formatting button does not always work depending on the coding in the original document.
Thanks for your suggestions.
Thank you for sharing the two resources/tools for converting Word to clean HTML. I tried to find some information about the companies/people who developed the tools. The concerns are whether they will keep the text students provided and use them for their purposes. For wordhtml.com I can't find About Me page to tell who they are. For HTML Tidy, it says that it is a project by HTML CSS JS. I found their privacy page: https://html-css-js.com/terms-privacy/ and but couldn't see what they will do with the text students pasted on their editor.
They both could have good intentions and just want to provide tools/resources for users for free. But I would like to know more about who they are and what they will do with our students' content that is landed on their editors.
It’s the adsense you have to watch out for as it pastes small ads in html at the end of the cleaned html – easily removed by not copying it.
Alternatively a student can paste text directly into the html editor in Blackboard and then format it manually – its more labour intensive but it will provide clean code as well.
There is always more than one way to deal with an issue – just find the one that works for you and your students. – good luck!
I have found that the best step is to copy the text into a text editor like Notepad and format the text in Blackboard. Blackboard is not friendly with copying and pasting from Word. Google Docs sometimes has more friendly text editing html, so you might recommend copying and pasting from there to see how it does or does not retain formatting.
thanks for the suggestion. I have passed this on to the students.
A generic tip that works in most browsers is instead of pasting with CTRL+V, use SHIFT+CTRL+V - this will paste the text currently in the clipboard without formatting. The text can then be formatted in the BB WYSIWYG editor. There is a bug in Bb where CTRL+V does not work in some browsers though, if I remember correctly.
Another easy tip is to click on the HTML button and paste the text in there - it should paste without formatting. Then insert from the html box and apply formatting using the BB WYSIWYG editor.
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