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.
For more information send mail to mktg at softline.com of call 510 849 9817 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.