Re: Another DITA question

Subject: Re: Another DITA question
From: Jay Maechtlen <techwriter -at- covad -dot- net>
To: Kevin McGowan <thatguy_80 -at- hotmail -dot- com>, TechWrl list <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2007 00:16:20 -0700

Kevin McGowan wrote:
> Hi again everyone,

> The old Word docs are now in decent shape, but still far from perfectly
> structured. I'm looking at these hundreds of pages and starting to picture
> myself going through them, line-by-line, and copying the text into XML.

cut-and-paste makes no sense at all.

Surely you can get a good first cut by using styles to delineate topics
and such?

Once the styles are set, either
1) a VBA script to grab the text a block at a time per styles and put
the chunks into individual topic files with the DITA markup

2) save to some flavor of HTML and use your favorite scripting language

3) a transform from /Word's XML (probably the bare/stripped kind) into

wouldn't be all that hard?


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