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Su-Laine Yeo

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XMetaL can work with a wide range of different document types, as long as they are in XML. There isn't really any such thing as an “XMetaL document,” because the documents that XMetaL works with are simply XML documents. There are many varieties of XML. How you go about converting a Word document to XML will depend on what variety of XML (e.g. what DTD or XSD) you want to use.

If you want to see how one of your documents would look as an XML document in XMetaL, the best way is to contact JustSystems for a free consultation: http://na.justsystems.com/content-about-contact-us . We can discuss your requirements, convert a few pages of your sample content for you, and demonstrate to you how we did it.

Another option is to use the “Paste” feature for DITA documents in XMetaL Author Enterprise. To use this:

1) Start XMetaL Author Enterprise.
2) Click File > New.
3) Click the “DITA Topic” tab on the dialog box that appears.
4) Select the “Generic Topic” icon, then click OK.
5) Select the text that you want to copy in Microsoft Word and paste it into this topic.

Note that this method is not designed for long documents, and the results are rarely ideal right away. This feature is preconfigured for DITA documents only.

Another option is to use a third-party product or service, such as http://www.stilo.com/Products/tabid/159/Default.aspx or http://www.dclab.com/. If you know what variety of XML you want to use and have a large amount of content to convert, you'll probably want to go this route.

After converting a Word document to XML, XMetaL will automatically validate it against its DTD/XSD whenever you open the document or through the Tools > Validate Document command.