Fix for Uploading Office 2007 Files to Web

Posted on 11/21/2008 2:10:57 PM

Thanks to the work of the IT Services staff, web maintainers should be able to upload files in any Office 2007 format (Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Excel 2007) into Ektron starting Tuesday, November 25.

You may remember that, back in August, we reported Office 2007 files did not work properly with the version of Ektron IUP uses and that the issue likely would not be resolved until IUP upgraded to a newer version of Ektron (see Office 2007 Support Broken in Ektron).

The current fix resolves the Office 2007 problem; however, web maintainers need to be aware of the following:

  1. The method of uploading Office files into Ektron is also changing. Starting Tuesday, these files should be uploaded as managed files, the same way PDF files are uploaded. See How to Add a PDF or Microsoft Office File. The drag-and-drop method also works for uploading these files.
  2. While we will have the ability to upload Office 2007 files, remember that many of our website visitors do not have this software and, therefore, will not be able to view these files.

    Creating web content in HTML is always preferred, as it offers easier access for our site visitors and better findability by search engine. But, for content that requires a very precise layout, a PDF (Portable Document Format, or Acrobat) file is preferred over a Word document. The Adobe Reader software is free and available to most of our site visitors.

If you have any questions about using Office 2007 files in Ektron, contact the Web Team,