I have a huge task before me:
We have an existing documentation with appr. 300 pages and 500 images that must be transferred from another content management system ("Help&Manual") into confluence.
What is important, is the existing structure of that documentation:
In the current form all the images lie in one separate directory from where they are linked to the pages where they appear. With this, updating images is very easy. Instead of browsing through the pages to search for outdated images, my collegue just jumps to that image directory, checks the images, uploads new versions and all the rest happens automatically.
What I am searching for is a process that allows me to achieve the following:
I am aware of two methods that would help me achieve one half of what I want:
I cannot combine these two methods:
So what I want should be clear. I am searching for something that is better than...
Would be great if someone came up with some ideas.
We are using confluence (Download), Version 4.3.7. The other CMS is "Help&Manual".
What is available are all the image files, all the .mnl text files (the Help&Manual format) and one big Word files with the complete documentation, exported from the old CMS.
I must correct myself.
The .mnl files are not the main text files. I just recognized, that the content is stored in normal .xml files. Additionally, the whole content is also available as .htm files (the CMS can also be used to create .chm help files). What the .mnl files do, I don't know. That must be some generic file type.
The thing is, I do have all the original files available but I haven't even installed the CMS software to open them. My plan didn't include doing too much with these files anyhow. I was hoping to get away with a Word export/import.
But if there is a better approach I could change that plan.
What kind of folder structure do you mean?
The finished document has a normal chapter hierarchie with three levels of headings.
In confluence I would like to rebuild that structure with pages/subpages/subsubpages and a "container" page for the images.
The Help&Manual files are spread over lots of different folders. Obviously with different folders for xml, html, images and others. But I don't know exactly how that interacts.
Alright. I don't have any experience with the Word importer so i cannot help you with that.
My initial thought was to fetch the files in some format (.xml .mnl) and parse them accordingly with something like the following steps
Not sure how the link structure is for linking to images residing on a different page, but i'd create a '_resource' page decoupled from the space tree and reference images from there.
I've done something very similar when creating a parser for the dita DTD.
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