Originally Posted by mncowboy
If you set up styles in Word before you start writing, and make sure that all formatting in the Word document is done through styles, the net result is quite clean.
When you save as a filtered web document, all of the style information is in the head section.
Using Sigil, I already have an external style sheet that matches the styles I've created and used in Word. When I bring the html file into Sigil, I just delete the entire style section from the document, link to the external style sheet, and I'm 90% done.
That is a lot of work. You still have to clean up each XML file. They can also be a mess. The idea of using a default CSS is a good one. The just create any styles needed that are not in the default CSS. But it's a lot easier (IMHO) to use a good text editor and work in that and then make the eBook from the marked up text. Notepad++ & Sigil both have spellcheckers. So you might not need Word at all.
Using your method, how much cleaning up do the XML files need?