RE: Converting from Framemaker to XML
Hi, This is very interesting to me because we are going in the opposite direction - from XML (specifically DITA) to FrameMaker (via MIF). DITA has no explicit formatting. I use the inherent structure in DITA to assign FM styles to block and inline elements. We _want_ to keep content separate from presentation. Let XML do what it does best (manage content) and FM do what it does best (manage presentation) and use XSLT to marry them. You will learn lots of XSLT going that route and you'll find simplicity and automation. XSLT 2.0 (especially functions, tunnel parameters and group-by instructions) has simplified this transform enormously and made the work a joy. I wasted a few weeks with EDD and Read/Write rules in structured FM. What a mess and frustration! Brad Bjorndahl Technical Publications Thermo Fisher Scientific Integrative Technologies Division Laboratory Automation and Integration -----Original Message----- From: Lech Rzedzicki [mailto:xchaotic@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: April 26, 2007 9:28 AM To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Converting from Framemaker to XML Hi. 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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