Hello Everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone has used their services and/or products...

Kindest regards,

Wei Jiang
Senior Translator, Project Manager
CATSPAWSOFT Language Solutions, Inc.
Global language services that manage the complexities of
e-Business translation and publishing
Rm. 301, Long Teng Ge,
Long Tan Bei Li 3 Tiao 9 Hao,
Chongwen District, Beijing 100061, China
Phone: +86-10-65565567
Fax: +86-10-65572528
Mobile: +86-13301018190
Email: jiangw at catspawsoft.com
Website: www.catspawsoft.com

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[mailto:framers-bounces+jiangw=polytrans.org at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf
Of Claudia
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 12:06 AM
To: framers at FrameUsers.com
Subject: [ADV] Conversion Services for FrameMaker


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
- WinHelp

* Conversion to XML (XDocBook, DITA, EPCS, and Custom DTDs) from:

- BookMaster
- FrameMaker
- Word
- WordPerfect
- Interleaf
- Ventura Publisher
- WinHelp

* BookMaster to InterLeaf

* FrameMaker to HTML

* SGML to HTML (DocBook, IBMIDDoc, EPCS, and Custom DTDs)


There are several advantages to using Softline as your document conversion

* 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

* 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.


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

* 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

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.


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