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Chapter 12. Converting Documents from Other Applications

Chapter 12. Converting Documents from Other Applications

In the real world, you might have written documentation in any number of other popular applications, such as Microsoft Word, Adobe PageMaker, or QuarkXPress. Whether you are just getting ready to make the big switch or have already begun the process of converting documents from other applications to FrameMaker, this chapter is for you.

Technically speaking, converting documentation is as simple as opening a file from another application, such as Microsoft Word, from within FrameMaker. You can use either the File > Open or the File > Import > File menus. It’s also as simple as cutting and pasting directly from a source application document, such as PageMaker, to FrameMaker. Sounds easy, right?

That part is easy! What’s important to remember is that neither of these methods provide acceptable results. With a little work performed in an organized fashion, you can achieve the results you want and have your document looking great in no time.

This chapter is not really about converting documentation. It’s about cleaning up document files after conversion from Microsoft Word, PageMaker, and QuarkXPress. Although there are many more applications that you might use to create documentation, these three applications are commonly used and, therefore, will be used as examples in this chapter.


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