Excellent advice, Fred.  And just in time too.  We are in the throes of
converting word docs to FM now.  We already changed the tag names in the
word docs and yanked the graphics, but will try the file>import rather than
copy and paste.

Thanks lots.


-----Original Message-----
From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com]On Behalf Of Fred Ridder
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 1:43 PM
To: Jennifer Randel; Flato, Gillian; Framers List
Subject: RE: Word to Frame

I always found it beneficial to leave behind as much of the Word
formatting as possible, and the best way to do that is to make the
Word style names match the FrameMaker tag names so that you
bring in only the tag name in addition to the content.

 > From: jennifer_randel at khsd.k12.ca.us> To: docudoc at hotmail.com;
gflato at nanometrics.com; framers at frameusers.com> Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008
13:25:44 -0800>
Subject: RE: Word to Frame
> > Hi all,> Wouldn't it be just as easy to use Silicon Prairie Software's
Paragraph Tools as it is to create that macro?> > ~Jennifer> >

 -----Original Message-----> From: framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces at 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

 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 dialog.> >

 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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