Document conversion is the process by which text or graphics stored in one format are transformed into another format. Source material may be in an electronic format (PDF, Word, etc.) or a non-electronic format (paper documents).
Document conversion is advantageous in a wide array of scenarios. Sometimes documents must be converted to a particular format in order to comply with law, industry standards, or consumers’ expectations. Other times, a conversion is desirable for its potential to lower costs by making material easier to manage, update, and reproduce.
How DCL can help
DCL has been in the business of document conversion for almost thirty years. DCL offers a wide selection of document conversion services, and we are able to convert from paper or any electronic format to any target format, including PDF or high-performance formats like XML. DCL also supports numerous major publishing and industry-specific DTDs.
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DCL White Papers
- How Much Does Document Conversion Really Cost?
A Guide to Conversion Cost Variables in the Military Sector (2/2010)
- Roundtrip Conversions - 7 Golden Rules for Making Convertible Documents
Mike Gross, Chief Technical Officer at DCL, uncovers the secrets of using XML conversion tools for effective roundtripping and legacy document conversion. (5/2004)
- WHY MATH-ML ADDS VALUE TO STM PUBLISHING
In an exclusive guest article, Paul Topping, of Design Science,
Inc, highlights the benefits of using MathML to represent
mathematical equations ... and reveals how useful this technology
can be when carried through to the web browser … (11/2002)
- Converting Documents to PDF
Overview; PDF Image-Only; PDF Searchable Image; PDF Normal; Image Compression; Composite PDF (11/2002)
- Department of Defense and the Power of XML
50-million pages of U.S. military technical data is a powerful resource to help with the defense of this nation. It would be even more powerful if those 50-million pages were converted into a single source data format like XML or SGML, argues David Skurnik, VP of sales at Data Conversion Laboratory (5/2002)
- Converting SGML to SGML PART 2
(Or ... How To Make Better SGML) (5/2000)
- Converting SGML to SGML (Converting to a New DTD)
As the Internet evolves and information becomes an increasingly valuable commodity, the market for revenues from information becomes increasingly competitive. Intelligent repurposing of data becomes the key to success. Often, this means producing the data in variant flavors of XML or SGML. In the first in a series of articles, DCL's Director of R&D, Mike Gross, gives an overview of the fundamental challenges involved in converting SGML to SGML (3/2000)
- Getting Your Content Into XML
A Management Perspective (11/1999)
- Conversion Myths Debunked
Documentation conversions are neither as costly nor as inexpensive as many people seem to believe. But common myths about document conversion prices make it difficult to arrive at a realistic estimate. DCL separates fact from fiction in this breakdown of the factors that affect conversion cost. (1/2010)
- Alternatives to XML: Keeping Down Your Document Conversion Costs, Part 3
In the last issue, I laid out the basics of XML, and why to use it. While I'm a big fan of XML for many purposes, it's a misconception that it's the single best solution in every scenario, and it's worthwhile to consider the alternatives in situations where the benefits of XML are not necessary. In this article, I discuss alternatives to XML, SGML, and HTML that might be suitable when budgets are more limited. (9/2009)
- When Less is More; the Joys of Eliminating Duplicate Content; The J.J. Keller Experience
Jennifer realized early on that simply converting content to XML was not enough to drive the kind of content efficiencies the company really needed. With over 6,000 products and services, previously in a diverse array of formats, the media neutral aspect of a single XML format was not sufficient for a true single source approach. (7/2009)
- WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL - JUST CUT AND PASTE?
When converting documents from publishing systems like Microsoft Word, Quark
or Adobe FrameMaker, many people cut and paste from the original documents -
yet this can prove inaccurate, time consuming and costly, writes DCL's Mike
- CONVERTING FROM PDF TO XML & MS WORD: AVOIDING THE PITFALLS - WHITE PAPER, PART 2
Mike Gross, DCL's CTO, discusses the issues surrounding
converting from PDF. This month he covers the issues related to
specific target formats, including MS Word, HTML, XML/SGML, and
- NEW SURVEY SHOWS DATA CONVERSION PROJECTS MOVING FORWARD
IN TOUGH ECONOMY
DCL's second annual survey on data conversion, just released,
shows a positive picture despite the state of the world economy.
Many firms are increasing their conversion efforts and only a
tiny percentage are cutting back ... (12/2002)
- COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS SET TO PUBLISH FIRST EVER "BIBLE" OF DIGITAL PUBLISING
The epic "Columbia Guide To Digital Publishing" will be released
in January 2003 in both print and online editions. It has an
impressive array of authors, including DCL President Mark Gross,
who wrote the chapter on data conversion methodology. What's
more, it's not just theory, it practices what it preaches … (11/2002)
- DCL Participates In Digital Record
Of A Vanishing People
University of Cincinnati Digital Press has republished on CD-ROM a rare pictorial record of Native Americans during the early to middle 19th century. (9/2002)
- XML is King
Jabin White of medical publishers Elsevier explains why he would be scared to contemplate the future of scientific and medical publishing without XML... (7/2002)
- Does Your Organization Use Interleaf?
Rescue kit for Interleaf (6/2002)
- Virtual Engineering
A peek into the work of DCL's Project Engineering Group - the folks who map out and oversee the data conversion process… (5/2002)
- Tech Docs Down the Well
When oil services giant Schlumberger decided to set up an XML publishing system and covert their business-critical documents to XML, they had a problem on their hands. Each of the firm's bases around the world was using its own custom-built publishing system; plus a lot of the material that needed converting was legacy data and a good deal of that was on paper - all of which demanded a mammoth inventory of materials and a huge job of standardization... (3/2002)
- Conversion Boom
for Data Conversion Laboratory
Data Conversion Laboratory is featured in a Publisher’s Weekly’s ePublishing profile, written by Calvin Reid, for its October 23rd issue. (11/2000)
- FEDERAL COMPUTER WEEK ARTICLE ZONES IN ON US NAVY, LOCKHEED MARTIN, & DCL.
The latest edition of Federal Computer Week includes a feature on the US Navy, and more specifically, on the challenge it faced recently in moving hundreds of thousand of pages of data from an old proprietary format to SGML in accordance with the IMPS DTD. (3/2000)
- LOCKHEED MARTIN'S PERFECT LAUNCH
If you’re Lockheed Martin Space Systems, ready to launch the new millennium with up-to-date, Y2K compliant missile assembly programs, how do you meld the future with the past? (2/2000)
- Converting Quark to XML
What’s the Story? – with Mike Gross (2/2000)
- "RACING TO CONVERT BOOKS TO BYTES."
Conversion Goes Mainstream (12/1999)
- Xyvision Sees a Way to Make Data Smarter with SGML
And DCL is Part of the Vision
by Dan Dube, Senior Manager, Site Support, Xyvision, Inc.
- Andersen Consulting (now called Accenture)
Makes Wisconsin Government A Model For Private Industry
- Converting the World's Knowledge
Getting an Encyclopedia On the Web
- An Egg Too Far
The Perils of Converting a Lot of Data In-House.