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Subject: Converting from Framemaker to XML
From: "Lech Rzedzicki" <xchaotic@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 15:28:02 +0200
 Converting from Framemaker to XML

I would like to spend as much time with XSL as I can, but in order to
do that, I need to have the XML for processing in the first place.
Much of the data that I work on is .fm format (unstructured
Framemaker) and I am investigating various methods of converting that
to XML with the least amount of manual labour, while keeping most of
the formatting.

There are many ways do it straight from fm, using .mif or RTF
intermediately, or using .ps/PDF and using visual styles as hints for
XML tags etc.
The new Framemaker 7.x itself can also go to XML mode, with it's EDD
styles being the equivalent of DTD and so on.

But what I'm looking for is simplicity and automation.
Can you recommend any free/open-source tools that I could use to go
FM->XML, while preserving as much formatting metadata as possible
(layout, headings, tables etc)?

Any help is deeply appreciated,

Lech Rzedzicki

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