You have two choices: 1. find a conversion specialist who will effect the
translation from Word, and 2. manage the conversion yourself. After looking
at the structure, and number, of your Word files a vendor should be able to
give you a fairly accurate assessment of the cost to convert. This is the
easiest route, and _maybe_ the cheapest.
Converting in-house can be a headache, but two tools that may be of use:
http://www.b-bop.com/products_xfinity_author_wX.htm (an XML add-in for MS
Word; evaluation copy available)
http://www.whitehill.com/products/prod3.html (a legacy to XML conversion
application). I have seen demonstrated, and it looks excellent.
Manuscripts and Archives::Yale University Library
At 07:22 AM 5/18/01 -0600, you wrote:
>I'm currently working on a grant application that includes the
>implementation of EAD for our existing finding aids. We plan to encode
>all of the finding aids completed since 1996. The finding aids were
>created in Microsoft Word. In addition we will include processing
>collections and encoding those finding aids. The software program
>recommended to me has been XMetal. We plan to encode our finding aids in
>XML and convert them to HTML so we can provide easy access to users. My
>What were the initial costs for implementing the encoding?
>Was your existing server able to support the software program and storage
>of the data?
>What were the hourly costs for encoding? Or how much per page?
>Did you find it easier to encode in-house or did you contract the work out?
>Any information on software or encoding problems and the expenses would be
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