Hi all,
Wouldn't it be just as easy to use Silicon Prairie Software's Paragraph Tools 
as it is to create that macro?


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From: framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com 
[mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Fred Ridder
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 12:20 PM
To: Mike Feimster; Flato, Gillian; Framers List
Subject: RE: Word to Frame

Responding to Gillian Flato, Mike Feimster wrote:
> What I've done in the past is use word macros to make the para styles
> in Word match the Frame styles, then import the word docs into Frame.

That's exactly the same approach I used in converting ~10k pages of Word docs 
(>50 docs) into FrameMaker at a previous employer.

Just to amplify on a few points, though:

You really want to use File>Import>File (Copy Into Document) to pull the Word 
content into a pre-formatted FrameMaker template rather than directly opening 
the Word file from the FrameMaker File menu. Besides the fact that the import 
filter somehow seems more robust in that mode, you also have the opportunity to 
leave behind most of Word-specific formatting junk by choosing the "Reformat 
Using Current Document's Formatting" option in the Import Text Flow by Copy 

In the same macro that you use to rename the Word paragraph styles, you should 
also redefine any styles that use bullets or numbering to remove them. If 
bullets or autonumbers are present in the Word file, FrameMaker does its best 
to preserve them and you'll get garbage characters in the converted file.

Other useful operations in prepping the Word file are to remove any TOC, LOT, 
LOF, and index (since FrameMaker handles them completely differently), strip 
any headers and footers (these will be defined in your FrameMaker template) and 
remove any section breaks (meaningless in Frame). In my own process, I also 
removed all graphics from the Word file because they really slowed the 
conversion down and I knew we were going to replace the pasted-in images with 
anchored frames and referenced graphics post-conversion.

-Fred Ridder
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