Re: Frame/RTF/Word

Subject: Re: Frame/RTF/Word
From: "Michele Marques" <mmarques -at- cms400 -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 12:13:21 -0500

Ralph E. Robinson asks why mif2go is necessary, when
FrameMaker 5.5.6 can save as RTF.

I don't have mif2go, but I have tried to go between Frame and RTF
with various problems.

If you save a Frame document as RTF, the RTF document may not
look like the Frame document, exactly. This is most noticeable
when you use sideheaders in your document.

When you save a Frame document as RTF and import it back into
FrameMaker (even if you never opened it in another application),
there may be differences.

If you use conditional text in FrameMaker, it will all be present in
the RTF document, but when you re-import into FrameMaker, it will
all be unconditional. If you use autonumbering in FrameMaker, you
will lose your autonumbers (even the autonumber text) in RTF.
There may be other elements that you lose as well.

If you have images in your document (especially BMP images), it
is very slow to save as RTF. And if you have multiple files in a
book, you still have to convert them one-by-one to RTF.

You can test your own document easily by saving as RTF and then
opening them in FrameMaker.

Note that I have found that documents originally written in Word
import fairly well into FrameMaker 5.5.6, except when Word
character styles are used (they get converted as paragraph styles).

Michele Marques
Lead Technical Communicator, CMS Manufacturing Systems
mmarques -at- cms400 -dot- com
905-477-4499 x280

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