Originally Posted by JSWolf
If an author does not know HTML/XML/CSS then that same author won't know how to clean up the garbage left behind by a Word > ePub conversion. So it's best to learn HTML/XML/CSS and let go of Word.
TEXT EDITORS RULE!
You are certainly entitled to your own opinion but the fact is that it takes less knowledge about these formats to remove garbage than to generate correct syntax out of the blue on new documents.