RE: migrating from Framemaker to XML/XSLT

Subject: RE: migrating from Framemaker to XML/XSLT
From: Chris <cud -at- telecable -dot- es>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 16:48:57 +0100

Not sure why this is titled "Migrating *from*..." You could consider migrating *with* Maker to XML/XSLT. First off, Maker+SGML includes a utility for mapping unstructured documents to a hierarchical element-based structure, complete with attributes, entities, and other such things. Once there, you have a clear round-trip with SGML. If you're careful about 1) making your DTD XML compliant, 2) not using UNICODE, and 3) not using namespaces, you can massage the SGML into XML with very little effort. From there you have full access to XSLT.
The advantage is that you already have a good pagination machine. Suck out the XML, transform it via XSLT, then a simple transformation from XML to SGML, and you're ready to go to PDF, print, or HTML. And you keep the value of your investment in Maker knowledge.

The other thing you might consider is asking Adobe if they have any plans for Maker and XML support. Contact your Adobe representative and see what he or she is at liberty to say.

Chris Despopoulos, maker of CudSpan Freeware...
Plugins to Enhance FrameMaker & FrameMaker+SGML
cud -at- telecable -dot- es

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