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Su-Laine Yeo

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Hi Av,

If your DTD is DITA, that procedure would work at least to some extent, because XMetaL's “Paste” feature for DITA documents includes a script that converts Word content into DITA XML markup. Are you using DITA or a custom DTD/schema?

If your DTD is not DITA, your Word content would be converted to one very long text string when pasted. You would lose all formatting, including paragraph breaks. This is standard behaviour for XML authoring tools.

It would probably be best to contact a document conversion specialist and have them look at one of your Word documents and your DTD, and give you some options and quotes for converting them to XML. The Stilo and Data Conversion Laboratory groups have a lot of experience in this area. There are also other very good XML consultants out there who can help.