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Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] Framemaker to DocBook conversion

CambridgeDocs [1] claims to have a product for "one-time conversion of legacy content" from several source formats, including FrameMaker, to DTD- or Schema-defined XML, including DocBook. I have not used their product, and can't vouch for it. I only know of them as one of several DocBook-related links I've collected. Their product is dotnet-based, and so might not be appropriate for UNIX or MacOS environments. 

One tech writer published [2] his attempt at a generic Frame to DocBook 4.4 conversion system (EDD, read-write rules, and so on), but again, I cannot vouch for its quality. This writer's site complains a great deal about Frame's XML support and the overall process, so it's not exactly a ringing endorsement. However, it is a publically available starting point. 

Here at IONA, we have a working Frame to DocBook XML setup, but it's far from flawless, and it is completely dependent on the style names in our inhouse unstructured Frame template. In short, it is not portable to another site's Frame template. You can definitely get a DocBook conversion out of Frame 7.2 if you put in a lot of work. All you get from Adobe is a kit of parts; you must assemble them into a working system that is specific to your Frame template. Expect to spend several months on it.

[1] http://www.cambridgedocs.com/products/downloads/desktop.htm

[2] http://www.getnet.net/~swhitlat/docbook.php

-----Original Message-----
From: Camille Bégnis [mailto:camille@neodoc.biz] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 6:51 AM
To: apps docbook
Subject: [docbook-apps] Framemaker to DocBook conversion

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Hi all,

I've been crawling archives and websites, found 2 threads dating back from 1999 and 2005, but nothing definitive. FM hacking looks not quite appealing.

We have to migrate FM docs to DocBook, and using intermediate formats like HTML or RTF give quite poor results.

Looking at the XML output from FM, it looks quite decent, the hierarchical structure could even be reconstructed with a bit of XSL neurons burning I believe.

So did someone found a reliable FM -> DocBook conversion method?

Thanks for your help,

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