Problems converting MIF converted word document back to framemaker 
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 Problems converting MIF converted word document back to framemaker

I created a mif document in framemaker 7.0 that was opened as a word document. When the document was sent back to me as a word document and I opened it in framemaker, the formatting was gone and all the tag markers created in the mif file were there. I had to reformat the entire document and individually delete the mif markers.

Was there a simple way to convert this document back to framemaker with all the formatting back in place? Any suggestions are welcome.

Sat, 15 Oct 2005 17:24:59 GMT
 Problems converting MIF converted word document back to framemaker

Hello Kelly,
I think the MIF file is basically a text file. Once your "friend" opened the MIF in Word then saved it as a Word file, the MIF text was wrapped in Word dross. You could try saving the Word file as text, and rename it as something.mif. Have a look at a MIF file and you'll see the first line look something like <MIFFile 7.00> # Generated by FrameMaker 7.0p578.

If you make sure that your Word to txt file has this type of line upfront, you might have a chance of recovering the MIF contents. Not guaranteed though. Hope you never have to do this again after you've spoken quietly to your "friend".

Just out of curiosity, why are you distributing MIF files to people without FM?

Sat, 15 Oct 2005 18:58:51 GMT
 Problems converting MIF converted word document back to framemaker
Hi Ian,

I'll try your tip once my workstation stops crashing!

As for the question WHY distribute MIF files. I had to send my documents to a translation bureau and they do not use framemaker (for some unknown reason). I live and work in the Netherlands and Framemaker is not that commonly used, yet. I'm trying to convert as many people as possible though.

Thanks again for the tip.

Tot ziens,

Sat, 15 Oct 2005 19:14:55 GMT
 Problems converting MIF converted word document back to framemaker
Strange. A translation bureau that can use MIF files (probably into Trados or DejaVu) and NOT at the same time having FrameMaker. They might do a good translation job, but they have absolutely no idea what might be happening in case they should try to tamper with codes (i.e. it can be done in both Trados and DejaVu).
I would only rely on a translation bureau that can translate (most important) but also has invested in FrameMaker and now how to use it (almost as important).

Try Arachnophilia (one of MANY ASCII editors) for dealing with MIF files.

keep smiling

Sat, 15 Oct 2005 19:50:05 GMT
 Problems converting MIF converted word document back to framemaker

The S-Tagger tool from Trados (originally a Belgian company) is
designed specifically to allow translators to work with FM tagged
markup. It's a bi-directional filter that converts MIF to a special
RTF with MIF tagging intact. All the translators have to do is leave
the tags alone and then you can go back to the original FM formatting
via S-Tagger.

More info at

Sat, 15 Oct 2005 23:08:50 GMT
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