[mail.framers] Importing documents in DECwrite / FrameMaker

framers-request (09/30/90)

We are considering switching our textprocessing and desktop publishing
to our workstations (Risc/Ultrix). We want to use the DECwrite
documentation tool. The functionality of DECwrite seems sufficient for
our purposes.

However, we have lots of existing documentation, that must be imported
in the new tool. Fortunately, all documents adhere to some very keen
standards that make it possible to exchange the contents of the
documents between several text processing tools. But until now, I
haven't found a way to import our documents into DECwrite. Yes, I can
import them as plain text, but that would need extensive (manual)

What I need is a way to tell DECwrite that it must apply specific
styles to the paragraphs while loading the document. (The load
document is generated automatically and I can control what is
generated, and how.) I think this can be done with a suitable CDA
converter, but I don't have any experience with writing one.

Can FrameMaker do this? This could be a reason to choose FrameMaker
instead of DECwrite.

Any help is appreciated.

Johan Vromans				       jv@mh.nl via internet backbones
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jg@crl.dec.com (Jim Gettys) (10/05/90)

Look at the CDA converter/converter libraries.
They are a seperate utility from DECwrite, but convert
to and from lots of formats...
			- Jim