Yep, Word formatting will make a mess in HTML code. The only thing that's worse is trying to copy and paste from an Outlook email message... it makes one *huge* disaster of random weird tags mixed in with your HTML!
Actually I use HTML-Kit, which is available from download.com for free (you may have noticed I have a real affinity for free stuff!). It's awesomely customizable, you can basically create whatever windows and toolbars you want. Also, while your work is all done code-only it has a nice Preview display that lets you see what your page will look like BEFORE you post it live.
If you want to try it I recommend you also use this guide to help you customize it to your own preferences:
I will check them all out. Thanks. I have taken many classes at Virtual University (they have been around for a long time). There is an instructor, homework, mentors, message board for the class. It is very inexpensive for five weeks.