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									                                                             FrameMaker Tutorial: Conversion Techniques




Converting Files to FrameMaker
Before you learn how to convert a file to FrameMaker, you need to understand how text is represented in
software applications. On a fundamental level, think about how computers represent characters. Some
machines follow the ACSII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) and some follow the
EBCDIC (Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code).
On a higher level, software programs have their own unique way to represent text. This is known as an
internal format. For example, FrameMaker has an internal format known as Maker Interchange Format
(MIF). When you convert a file to FrameMaker the internal filter changes the source format to a MIF file.
Once the document is converted to a MIF file, FrameMaker converts the document to a FrameMaker
document. Although this sounds complicated, the process is automated so that all you have to do is click a
few buttons.
The next three sections will introduce you to some basic techniques for converting files to FrameMaker.
Specifically, you will learn about:
        Converting other file types to FrameMaker.
        Importing other file types into FrameMaker.
        Converting non-supported file types to FrameMaker.

Converting Other File Types to FrameMaker
The following lesson shows you how to open a document that was created in another application and
convert it to a FrameMaker document. Specifically, you will open a MS Word document and convert it to a
FrameMaker document.
First, you need a document that you can convert to FrameMaker. Use the link below to download a sample
Word document and save it to you local directory:
    1.   Click on the following link: convert.doc
    2.   Depending on your browser, select the appropriate commands(s) to save this file. (For Netscape
         browser, click Save File.)
    3.   In the Save As dialog box, the file name should be convert.doc. Select an appropriate directory to
         save this sample document, and click Save.

								
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