ADV - Conversion Services for FrameMaker

Discussion in 'XML' started by Lou Evart, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. Lou Evart

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    DOCUMENT CONVERSION SERVICES

    Softline International (SII) operates one of the industry's largest
    document and data conversion service bureaus. In the past year, SII
    converted over a million pages to a variety of formats.

    SII's service bureau has a reputation as being a least-cost provider
    that can offer a timely turnaround with 100% accuracy. Here are some of
    the formats SII has converted over the last 20 years:

    * Conversions to FrameMaker from:

    - BookMaster
    - Word
    - WordPerfect
    - Interleaf
    - Venture Publisher

    * Conversion to SGML (DocBook, IBMIDDoc, EPCS, and Custom DTDs) from:

    - BookMaster
    - FrameMaker
    - Word
    - WordPerfect
    - Interleaf
    - Ventura Publisher
    - HTML
    - WinHelp

    * Conversion to XML (XDocBook, DITA, EPCS, and Custom DTDs) from:

    - BookMaster
    - FrameMaker
    - Word
    - WordPerfect
    - Interleaf
    - Ventura Publisher
    - HTML
    - WinHelp
    - SGML

    * BookMaster to InterLeaf

    * FrameMaker to HTML

    * SGML to HTML (DocBook, IBMIDDoc, EPCS, and Custom DTDs)

    WHY USE SII'S SERVICE BUREAU

    There are several advantages to using Softline as your document
    conversion specialist:

    * More cost-effective than doing the conversion in-house.

    The true cost of converting a single page of document includes
    labor, computing time, training, and licensing fees, as well as the
    intangible cost of time for start-up and staff learning curve. Since
    SII has the expertise and tools already in place, your cost and time
    are drastically reduced.

    * Faster turnaround time

    SII has the staff and infrastructure already in place, so there is
    only a minimal setup time involved. Most of our professional staff
    have over 10 years of document converting and editing experience.
    Our service bureau has the capability to convert over ten thousand
    pages per day.

    * Fixed cost

    Once you receive a price quote from SII, the rate is guaranteed.

    * Accuracy and schedule are guaranteed

    SII has the reputation of delivering accurate documents while
    honoring your delivery schedule.

    * Technical advice and support

    SII has worked with many industry-standard and custom DTDs and we are
    able to provide technical advice once you get your documents back.

    DITA CONVERSION

    There are many companies and tools currently available for DITA
    conversion. SII's solution offers the highest quality output with
    minimum post-processing. The following list compares SII's solution to
    those of other vendors:

    * Automated conversion

    SII does not employ the "conversion table" technique used by other
    vendors. Our internally developed tools provide a faster and more
    automated method of converting files.

    * Preserving your naming convention

    An important result of conversion is that all of the XML and graphic
    files meet your naming conventions. SII offers a number of
    algorithms for generating file names or you can specify your own.

    * File segmenting

    SII can segment your input files into multiple DITA files based on
    your requirements.

    * Conditional text

    SII converts all of your conditional text to the appropriate DITA
    attributes. Our software automatically generates one or more DITAVAL
    files, which record the original conditional text settings of your
    input documents. Condition names are automatically converted to
    match the DITA standard.

    * Automatic DITA Map

    Our software uses your FrameMaker book files to generate one or more
    (depending on your use of conditional text) DITA Maps, as well as
    markup to indicate which headings are to appear in the TOC.

    * DITA index markup

    Our software can analyze and convert the most complex index markers
    in FrameMaker and Word documents. It also automatically relocates
    any index markup not allowed in DITA (such as headings).

    * Hypertext markup

    SII's solution converts hypertext markup to the appropriate DITA
    tags. Currently, other vendors would simply drop the markup.

    * Lexical analyzer for improved quality.

    Based on Softline's grammar checker, the lexical analyzer will scan
    your documents to ensure that the markups agree with the actual
    syntax of the content. For example:

    - Paragraphs that start with words such as, "Note:", "Warning:", and
    "Caution:" are automatically converted to specialized elements.
    For example, a paragraph starting with the word "Note:" is
    converted to a <note> element (with the leading word "Note:"
    removed from the content, if needed.)

    - Words within sentences are converted to the appropriate phrase
    level markup. For example, XML markup "click <b>OK<./b>" would be
    replaced with "click <uicontrol>OK</uicontrol>".

    - Entire sections are identified for special processing. For
    example, a heading with the phrase "See Also" followed by
    predominately cross references, is converted to a related links
    element instead of conventional markup.

    SII's lexical analyzer currently makes over 50,000 checks to
    identify the best markup for a particular document. The analyzer can
    also be set up with your own dictionary to perform any special
    markup.

    * Variables

    All variables are converted to DITA conrefs and a book wide DITA
    variable definition file is created. The software automatically
    corrects the variable names to agree with the DITA standard.

    * Text Insets

    The software distinguishes various type of text insets and converts
    them to appropriate DITA output. For example, contents that
    represents one or more topics are converted to separate files.
    Whereas, text insets that represent less than a topic of data are
    merged into a master common text DITA file. In both cases, conrefs
    are inserted in the referencing files.

    * Hierarchical IDs

    The DITA standard requires that all ID and Href attributes contain
    hierarchical IDs. SII's software is the only document conversion
    software in the industry that generates hierarchical IDs instead of
    unique IDs.

    * DITA metadata

    The software converts information in your input files (i.e., author,
    revision number, etc.) to the appropriate DITA metadata elements.
     
    Lou Evart, Jan 10, 2007
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